Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Department of Public Safety

James Loftis

Lieutenant James Loftis 

Training Division
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. 


NamUs Regional Administrator

Mike Nance

Courtesy: Tulsa World

Mike Nance

Mike Nance retired from the Tulsa Police Department after 38 years. Throughout his career, he worked as a street officer, foot patrol officer in public housing projects, mounted patrol officer, and street crimes investigator conducting drug enforcement. Mr. Nance was assigned to the Department’s Planning and Research Division where he designed and implemented the agency’s geo-spacial incident mapping system, domestic violence reporting system, automated property system, and automated incident reporting system.

Mr. Nance was one of the original members of the Department’s Special Operations/Tactical Team, and managed the Department’s Honor Guard for sixteen years. He investigated Domestic Violence and instructed statewide for Domestic Violence Intervention Services. Mr. Nance also instructs Missing Persons Investigations and Cold Case Homicide Investigations throughout the state of Oklahoma as a CLEET certified instructor. He was also assigned to the Major Crime Unit and finally as a Homicide Investigator where he worked approximately 15 years before his retirement. After retirement from the Tulsa Police Department, Mr. Nance worked as a cold case/missing person investigator for the Oklahoma District Attorney’s Office – District 27.

Mr. Nance is a member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s Team Adam and Project Alert programs. He is also a member of NecroSearch International. He has been a NamUs Regional System Administrator since 2012.

Contact Information:
Email: Michael.Nance@unthsc.edu
Cell: 918-527-0080

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