Four new inductees will join the ranks of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Museum and Hall of Fame during the 10th annual induction ceremony. Those honored will be: Mike Huff, David Real, Michael C. Thompson, and M. Gayle Wells.  The ceremony begins at 1 p.m. on December 8, 2018 at the Oklahoma History Center located at 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City. Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb will present the awards and Lori Fullbright from Newson6 in Tulsa will emcee the event.

 

Mike Huff had a varied career on the Tulsa Police Department, but he is most known for his work on the homicide of Tulsa businessman Roger Wheeler. Huff’s investigative skills pointed to the Winter Hill Gang and crime boss  James “Whitey” Bulger as the responsible parties in Mr. Wheeler’s death. Huff was called upon to testify before the U.S. Congress House Committee on Government Reform. His testimony involved the largest FBI corruption scandal in its history.

 

David Real (deceased) is best known for his expertise as a polygraph examiner. He began his career with the Oklahoma City Police Department in 1969 where he served on the SWAT team and as a bomb technician. He worked for several other departments until 1992 when he joined the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. It was during this time that he used his skills as a polygraph examiner to interview Kevin Sweat who had killed his fiancée and two young girls in Weleetka. Sweat ultimately confessed and is currently serving 3 life sentences.

 

Michael C. Thompson began his career as a public servant with the Oklahoma Department of Corrections before joining the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in 1990. He rose through the ranks to become the Commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety where he served as advisor to the governor on all matters related to law enforcement and public safety for the state. While serving the citizens of Oklahoma he also serves as the Adjutant General for the Oklahoma National Guard. In this capacity he has the responsibility for training and equipping 9,500 soldiers and airmen for the Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard.

 

  1. M. Gayle Wells began his law enforcement career in 1968 as a patrol officer for the Carthage Police Department in Missouri. He later worked for Joplin, Grove, Grand River Dam Authority police departments and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office. In 1995, he became chief of the Grove Police Department where he was instrumental in upgrading the training program, improving the 911 Communications Center, initiating computerized reporting, and began the use of in-car cameras. His officers were also certified as water rescue and medical first responders. He organized and trained an underwater dive team. He served on the curriculum committees for Missouri Southern State University and the Northeastern Oklahoma law enforcement programs.

 

 

The public is welcome to attend this free event.

 

 

 

 

 

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