Detective Sergeant Josh Uhernik (Retired) has 15 years of law enforcement experience and over 20 years of being an educator. He has a bachelor’s degree in Education and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice. Josh has served in many positions including Acting Chief, Shift Commander, Field Training Coordinator, and street crimes/drug investigations supervisor. He has taken lead and supervised all felony investigations including homicides and narcotics investigations. Josh is an adjunct instructor at a POST certified Police Academy on the Western Slope of Colorado facilitating many investigative classes. He also oversees curriculum and lesson plan development for instructors at the police academy. Josh has worked as lead detective in organizing marijuana investigations and has worked closely with the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division and the State Attorney General’s Office. He is a Colorado POST certified marijuana instructor and is a qualified expert witness in the Colorado 9th Judicial District in marijuana.
Josh has spent most of his law enforcement career building relationships between local police and the community. This has led him into becoming a subject matter expert in community policing. He founded a non-profit organization called Camp BADGE which is a Jr. Police Academy for kids ages 8-13. Camp BADGE is a multi-state endorsed program and has received numerous awards from local governments as well as the Governor of Pennsylvania. Camp BADGE has worked with Under Armor, 511 Tactical, and Relentless Defender in providing cadets with uniforms and equipment for the camp.
In addition to being and instructor for Advanced Police Concepts, Josh currently works for the Garfield County School District as a High School Special Education Teacher.
Josh currently instructs several courses for Advanced Police Concepts:
Josh was recently invited to present at the 2023 Wisconsin National School Resource Officer Convention. He will present a course on Marijuana in the School: Student Detection, Identification, and Administrative Issues.