Region I – Gun Violence Restraining Orders – Watsonville

May 18, 2020   |   Watsonville, CA

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Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room
275 Main St.
Watsonville, CA 95076

8:00am -4:00pm

NO POST credit given

As the first statewide champion for Gun Violence Restraining Orders (GVROs), the San Diego City Attorney’s Office was selected by the state to conduct trainings for law enforcement agencies throughout California. The California law, which took effect in 2016, allows family members or law enforcement officers to seek a GVRO against someone they believe poses an “immediate and present danger” of harming themselves or others. This law was passed in the wake of a mass murder in Isla Vista where six individuals were killed. However, this process appears to be underutilized in California.

Using case studies, we explain ways to apply the law, describe the process for obtaining a GVRO, and address complex issues concerning domestic violence, juveniles and individuals with neurological disorders, including dementia and Alzheimer’s. We also devote a significant amount of time to the topics of service, search warrants and seizure (firearms) from a legal and officer perspective.

Registration Fees:
$25 – Member
$45 – Non-Member

The easiest way to register a group of individuals is using our online system. To choose group registration, click the registration link at the top of this page.

Login to our system or create an account. Then, on the registration page, click the second blue button indicating group registration for your agency. On the following screen, click the green button that says “Register an Attendee” and search for attendees you wish to register. Follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

Substitution Policy:

CPOA encourages you to make a substitution if a student cannot attend the course; substitutions will be accepted prior to the course in writing and on-site.

The curriculum is directed at those responsible for implementing and coordinating a GVRO program at their agencies. Typically, all forms of law enforcement, city attorneys, crisis intervention specialists, school administrators, and medical professionals would directly benefit from this event.


Nicole R. Crosby
, Chief Deputy City Attorney of Strategic Development in the Criminal and Community Justice Divisions
San Diego City Attorney’s Office

Bio: Nicole R. Crosby, is the Chief Deputy City Attorney of Strategic Development in the Criminal and Community Justice Divisions of the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. In this role, she is responsible for active participation in community meetings and neighborhood outreach events to increase the profile of the City Attorney’s Office, increasing the Office’s visibility through regular appearances at City Council and Council committee meetings, the San Diego County Bar Association, and with other professional organizations in the legal community. Nicole is also spearheading statewide training on the implementation of Gun Violence Restraining Orders, California’s “red flag law” preventing mentally unstable and potentially violent individuals from possessing or obtaining firearms. Nicole was Chief of the San Diego City Attorney’s Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Unit for three years where she managed a large vertical prosecution unit.  Nicole was also a trial prosecutor in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office for six years prior to joining the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.  She has tried dozens of cases before juries in both jurisdictions, and continues to mentor young prosecutors.

Jeffrey Booker, Supervising Deputy City Attorney assigned to the Gun Violence Restraining Order Unit
San Diego City Attorney’s Office

Bio: Jeffrey Brooker is a Supervising Deputy City Attorney assigned to the Gun Violence Restraining Order Unit at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. He joined the San Diego City Attorney’s Office in 2014 where he prosecuted and reviewed cases in the Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes Unit. Jeff then worked closely with the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) prosecuting sex and gun related cases.  Jeff was the SDPD assigned prosecutor for the Vice Unit, the Criminal Intelligence Unit, Gangs Unit, as well as the City Attorney’s assigned prosecutor for the California Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Jeff previously served as a Deputy District Attorney with the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted gun-related violent crimes and previously served in the United States Air Force as an aircraft electrical and environmental systems engineer.  

Jeff is also an adjunct professor at San Diego State University College of Extended Studies where he lectures on International Comparative Constitutional and Criminal law to undergraduate and post graduate students.  

John Hemmerling, Assistant City Attorney
San Diego City Attorney’s Office

Bio: John Hemmerling began his career in the City Attorney’s Office as a criminal prosecutor, serving in the General Trial and Appellate Units. He then transferred to the Civil Division where he advised Neighborhood Code Compliance and served eight years as legal advisor to the Chief of Police. Most recently, Mr. Hemmerling has been Chief Deputy of the Public Safety, Labor and Employment Unit. Mr. Hemmerling is also one of three deputies assigned to the City Attorney’s Crisis Response Team that advises key city leaders at the City Emergency Operations Center during critical incidents. Additionally, Mr. Hemmerling has sat on the dais with the City Council representing our Office.

Prior to the City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Hemmerling served as a San Diego Police Officer for eight and a half years, receiving a Commanding Officer’s Citation and two Life Saving Citations. Mr. Hemmerling’s assignments gave him extensive experience in investigations, gangs and narcotics. He was certified as a Field Training Officer, responsible for supervising and developing police academy trainees for duty as police officers.