The Pryor Times

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January 29, 2014

Pryor Police Detective Lanham joining OSBI

PRYOR, OK — Pryor Police Detective Kevin Lanham is leaving the department and joining the ranks at the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. His last day is Friday, Jan. 31.

Lanham has been with the police department for six years and has been a detective since Nov. 2012.

He began his law enforcement career in Florida, where he is from originally.

“I was in the Marine Corp.,” Lanham said. “After I got out, I really wanted to stay in the public service field.”

Lanham joined the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, which covers the Fort Lauderdale area and is often featured on the popular television show “Cops.”

“Their crew rode with us for three weeks as I recall,” Lanham said, adding that while he was never featured, he did appear in one episode during his time there.

Lanham’s wife, Megan, is from Pryor and after the birth of their children, the couple decided to move their growing family out of the city and return to Oklahoma.

Before joining the police department, Lanham worked for several years at Thunderbird Youth Academy.

In addition to work, Lanham also returned to school, earning a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with an emphasis on homeland security in 2010.

“It had always been a thought of mine, that I would end up working for an agency like the OSBI,” he said.

When a position opened up last August, Lanham decided to apply.

“I had some very good advice from friends and decided to do it,” he said, adding that he has been in the hiring process since that time.

The OSBI was created in 1925 by Oklahoma Governor M.E. Trapp. According to the OSBI website, it was established as an agency of “special investigators to combat the outlaws.” It was known as the State Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. It was renamed the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation in 1957.

Lanham said the main function of the OSBI is to assist other agencies in any capacity needed.

The OSBI is divided up into regions. Lanham has been assigned to the Northeast Region which offices out of Tulsa.

He will attend an agents academy sometime in the summer.

“I’m excited and a bit nervous as you are with any job change,” Lanham said. “I am very appreciative of the opportunity that Pryor Police Department has given me.”

Lanham said he has a special thanks to Sergeant James Willyard, who heads the detective division.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for everything they have done for me,” he said. “They remain nothing but supportive of me in this endeavor.”

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