Beyond the Books - Critters in Criminal Justice
About the Speakers
Lt. John Nores, California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Nores earned a BS and MS degree from San Jose State University before becoming a game warden for the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife in 1992. In 2005 John promoted to Lieutenant, continuing his mission to protect and defend our nation’s wildlife resources. John was awarded the Governor’s Medal of Valor for lifesaving and leadership efforts in 2008. He’s received several other awards for valor, life-saving, and distinguished service throughout his career, and his first book, “War in the Woods: Combating the Marijuana Cartels on America’s Public Lands.” was published in 2010.In 2013 John co-developed the Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) and Delta Team, the CDFW’s first comprehensive wilderness spec ops tactical unit and sniper unit, aimed at combating the marijuana cartel’s decimation of California’s wildlife resources.
Marissa Robinson, Sunnyvale Animal Control
Marissa Robinson is an Animal Control Officer (ACO) with the City of Sunnyvale, where she’s worked for 8 years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Chemistry from SJSU in 2013 while an active member of the Chi Pi Sigma Criminal Justice Fraternity. As an ACO, Marissa works closely with not only members of the community and their pets, but also with the local animal shelter and wildlife center, and directly with the Police Department.
Sgt. Scott Thomas, Mountain View Police Dept.
Scott developed an interest in law enforcement while attending SJSU. He was hired as a Reserve Police Officer by Mountain View Police Department in 1997. He was hired as a full time officer in 1999. He has 13 years as a field training officer, 17 years as a SWAT officer and 10 years as a canine officer. Scott and his dog Tino served as a patrol team cross trained for narcotics. They assisted many local agencies as well as DEA, FBI and the Santa Clara County Narcotics team. Scott is currently a patrol Sergeant in charge of Mountain View Police Department’s Canine Unit, Explorer Post, Defensive Tactics Cadre and SWAT team leader.
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