Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety
Lieutenant James Loftis
Traffic Homicide Unit – Assistant Coordinator
I became interested in law enforcement at an early age. I remember seeing the Troopers in the Durant area, where I grew up, and noticing how professional they looked and carried themselves.
I graduated from Rock Creek High School in Bokchito, Oklahoma and enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard shortly afterward. After finishing training in the Army, I enrolled in college at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, majoring in Criminal Justice.
As soon as I turned 21, I joined the Durant Police Department Reserves program and one year later I was hired as a full-time police officer there. In 2000 I applied for the 52nd OHP Academy and was accepted. My first assignment was Troop B-Tulsa, where I worked my first 3 ½ years. While there, I became interested in reconstructing serious car crashes and I attended all the classes I could to better myself in that area.
Since then, I’ve had assignments in Troop L-Delaware County, Troop Z-Investigations and Troop XA-Will Rogers Turnpike. In 2012 I was promoted to Lieutenant and supervised Troopers in the Troop L area before transferring to the Training Division and becoming the assistant coordinator of the Traffic Homicide Unit.
Over the past 16 years, I have investigated or assisted in the investigation of some of the most serious and high-profile collisions in the state. In my capacity at the Training Division I have had the opportunity to train officers from the OHP as well as other law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma and many Troopers from other states in the field of Advanced Crash Investigation and Reconstruction. I also teach Crash Reconstruction courses for the Institute of Police Technology and Management.
I wear the badge because it represents law and justice to those who have been wronged by the illegal actions of others.