Gerhardt Sergeant Jim Gerhardt has 17 years of diverse law enforcement experience with the Thornton Police Department.In 1992, he was assigned to the North Metro Task Force as an undercover drug investigator for the Adams County area, where he developed his personal area of expertise.He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996 and returned to the North Metro Task Force where he supervised undercover drug investigations for the expanded area of Adams and Broomfield Counties in 1999.
,s return to the North Metro Task Force
recognized a significant public safety problem due to the rapid rise of clandestine methamphetamine laboratories in Colorado.Gerhardt established and supervised the first clandestine laboratory team for the North Metro Task Force.Gerhardt
arose as a community change agent, bringing together various disciplines for a common purpose.He
recognized the fact that first responding police officers, firefighters, and EMS
personnel were at significant risk for finding a clandestine laboratory operation while performing their routine services.Gerhardt
began networking with a variety of law enforcement, and other emergency service agencies, in California and Washington to establish a training program for first responders in Colorado.Gerhardt was the primary curriculum developer and presenter for this program that was utilized to train over 4000 professionals and community members in the state of Colorado.In the summer of 2002, Rocky Mountain HIDTA Director Tom Gorman personally requested Gerhardt be placed on loan to HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) to serve as the coordinator of the Mountain States Precursor Committee for the States of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana.
facilitated cooperation and relationships between these four states to share ideas and resources until September of 2005.Gerhardt
has a strong passion for the Drug Endangered Children issue regarding children found in drug homes.He is a board member of the Colorado Drug Endangered Children Incorporated created to provide resources to Colorado entities serving children at risk in these environments.He
has developed a multi-media informational and training piece and is regularly requested to share his
ideas and speak on this topic across North America.Additionally, Gerhardt
is a strong leader in the National Drug Endangered Children,s Alliance regarding this issue and developing a standardized rescue effort through community partnerships.He
was also a strong component in the Methamphetamine Lab Chemical Exposure studies conducted at National Jewish Medical and Research Center
and regularly presents the data and findings.Gerhardt
received the Rocky Mountain HIDTA Drug Enforcement Officer of the Year Award for 2002 due to his
efforts and accomplishments regarding clandestine laboratory enforcement.He
also received the Colorado Association of Chief
,s of Police President,s Award in 2003 for his
work with Governor Bill Owens and the Colorado General Assembly on the passage of three laws to combat methamphetamine labs in Colorado.In 2004, he
received an award for significant contribution to Methamphetamine Education Programs.
Gerhardt contracts for private consulting engagements around community change issues, particularly around building community coalitions and developing drug endangered children,s strategies.He is an advanced curriculum developer and is pursuing graduate work in leadership and change.