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This profile was last updated on 11/14/12  and contains information from public web pages.
Thornton Police Department

Employment History

  • Sergeant
    North Metro Drug Task Force
  • Narcotics Officer
    North Metro Drug Task Force
  • Investigator
    North Metro Drug Task Force
  • Rocky Mountain Drug Task Force

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Legislative Liaison
    Colorado Drug Investigators Association
  • Member
    Colorado Drug Investigators Association
  • Board Member
    Colorado Drug Endangered Children Incorporated
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Jim Gerhardt of the ..., 14 Nov 2012 [cached]
Jim Gerhardt of the Thornton Police Department.
Gerhardt, now detailed to the North Metro Task Force, a multijurisdictional drug unit, said such communication failures are common. He recalled conducting a training session in another state where child welfare workers complained police never returned their calls. It turned out they were using pager numbers because they were never told police had switched to cellphones.
He knows firsthand what a difference cooperation can make. Within six months of pushing his own staff in Thornton to work more closely with social services, the number of cases police referred to child protection workers was up by 70 percent.
"It's been a disaster for us ..., 20 Oct 2012 [cached]
"It's been a disaster for us in Colorado," says Jim Gerhardt with the Colorado Drug Investigators Association.
He says since passing a medical marijuana law twelve years ago, his state has seen serious ramifications.
"More drunk drivers on the streets from causing serious accidents, more children getting in danger because their caretakers were too busy getting high," says Gerhardt.
Gerhardt says in the last three years, medical marijuana has boomed into a full blown industry with more than one hundred thousand people on their registry, causing an epidemic in illegal trade and use.
"What we've literally found in Colorado is 98% of the people that are on our registry are on there because they claimed to have some level of pain. a lot of times these are 20 year old kids that are saying it's because they snowboard and they've got knee injuries and things like that so snowboarding suddenly becomes a gateway into getting on the medical marijuana registry," says Gerhardt.
It's a problem he says Arkansas can avoid by saying no to the issue all together.
"If you open this door, if you crack this seal, you are going to unleash a huge amount of problems," says Gerhardt.
"The problem with edibles is they ..., 5 Mar 2011 [cached]
"The problem with edibles is they often are manufactured and put together to look like something else," said Jim Gerhardt, legislative liaison with the Colorado Drug Investigator's Association and a sergeant with the North Metro Drug Task Force.
Jim Gerhardt after a medical ..., 23 Nov 2010 [cached]
Jim Gerhardt after a medical marijuana forum in Avon on Oct. 20. Gerhardt is a member of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association. "I think you're going to see a moving target as legislation progresses," he said.
Welcome to VCPI, 29 Oct 2004 [cached]
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.
Upon Gerhardt,s return to the North Metro Task Force, he 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.
Gerhardt 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.
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