Lieutenant Onree J. Pruitt Jr. is a 23 year veteran of the Birmingham Police Department. He began his law enforcement career in 1996. After graduating from the Birmingham Police Academy he was assigned to the East Precinct. During that time he served as a Patrol Officer and Task Force Officer. In 2002, he was transferred to the Tactical Operations Unit and assigned to the Warrant Detail. As a Tactical Officer, he held Federal and State Instructor Certifications. Additionally, he was often tasked with instructing in-service patrol officers and academy recruits in Basic Building Search Techniques Training, Riot Control Tactics, Active Shooter Response Training and Basic/Advanced SWAT Training.
In 2008, Lieutenant Pruitt was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In the following years he had the opportunity to supervise officers assigned to the North Precinct, North Task Force, Freeway Patrol Unit, Warrant Detail, Hit and Run, Burglary Unit Detectives, Auto Theft Unit Detectives and Internal Affairs Division Investigators. While assigned as a sergeant to the Tactical Operations Unit he served as a SWAT Instructor and Operator, Entry Team Leader and Bomb Technician. Lieutenant Pruitt was often requested to instruct Birmingham Police Academy Recruits, Birmingham Police Explorers and Citizen Police Academy Classes in various policing subject matters. Lieutenant Pruitt is currently an FBI Certified Bomb Commander for the Birmingham Police Bomb Squad.
Lieutenant Pruitt is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, National Tactical Officers Association and Northern Alabama District of Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Lieutenant Pruitt was educated in the Birmingham City Schools System and a graduate of West End High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has completed the Jefferson County Personnel Board’s Supervisory Certificate Program and the City of Birmingham Supervisory/Management Program. He has also received a Leading People and Leading Process Certificate from the Jefferson County Personnel Board. In 2019, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the West Precinct as Evening Shift Watch Commander. In July 2020, he was assigned to the Birmingham Police Academy as the Director of Personnel Hiring and Training.
Lieutenant Pruitt and his family are members of Church of the Highlands, where serving others is a priority and pleasure.