Before taking over as environmental police captain, Brackett worked in Virginia as a park ranger, maintaining both Chippokes Plantation State Park, near Williamsburg, and Shenandoah River State Park, in the Shenandoah Valley. Back in Virginia, it was more or less a one-man operation. In addition to law enforcement, Brackett was responsible for things like cutting the grass, clearing trails, and cleaning bathrooms. "Now that I work for Baltimore City, I get to focus more on the environmental and law enforcement aspect of things," Brackett says. Still, he remains unfazed when faced with the prospect of getting his hands dirty at his new post.