January 26, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 4

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Hail to the chiefs: 2 Brattens head police departments

Two San Antonio universities can now boast of having a Police Chief Bratten. The Health Science Center has had its Chief Bratten since 1978 while Our Lady of the Lake University's Chief Bratten assumed office in October.

Chief Robert K. Bratten Sr. and his daughter, Rosemary Bratten, have found their place in the Texas record books as the first father-daughter team to be chiefs of police in the state.

"I'm extremely proud of her. It is apparent that the people she works with think a lot of her. It says a lot about her work ethic," UTHSC's Chief Bratten said. "I've always stressed upon my kids to be the best that they can be."

The Bratten family has enjoyed a legacy of successful law enforcement careers. The elder chief is a 40-year law enforcement veteran. Son Robert K. Bratten Jr. is a corporal with the Department of Public Safety. He was awarded the DPS Medal of Valor for his service during the ambush of officers in Atascosa County last year. He is one of only 21 to receive the DPS Medal of Valor.


Chief Rosemary Bratten and DPS Cpl. Robert K. Bratten Jr. follow in Chief Robert K. Bratten Sr.'s footsteps.
Chief Rosemary Bratten worked as an assistant coach at Barkley Elementary for 10 years before deciding to follow her father's footsteps and become a police officer. For six months, she worked at the elementary school during the day and attended class in the evenings at the San Antonio College Law Enforcement Training Center.

After graduating in 1995, Rosemary Bratten joined the police department at Our Lady of the Lake and rose through the ranks to chief. She now oversees nine officers, three sergeants and a secretary.

"I love my job and I don't take the commitment of duty lightly. Going into law enforcement was always my dream, and being a chief of police is just icing on the cake," she said.