Meet K9 Daisy & Her Partner Officer Virgil Messmore
K9 Daisy and her partner Officer Virgil Messmore are CSUN PD’s newest K9 team! Following the passing of K9 Mitch in January and retirement of Cpl. Tom Finnerty and his partner Isy in March, Officer Messmore was selected after a competitive process in an effort to rebuild the CSUN PD K9 Unit, first formed in 2005. Daisy, a 14-month old yellow Labrador Retriever, is the sixth K9 in CSUN PD’s history. Officer Messmore joined the department in February, following 25 years with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department where he spent time on patrol in the college town of Isla Vista.
A Brief History of CSUN PD K9 Teams
The Cal State Northridge PD K9 unit was launched in 2005 in response to ongoing concerns with emergency preparedness following the events of September 11, 2001. As one of the two K9 units in the CSU system (Channel Islands being the other), the CSUN PD team has gained wide recognition on campus and in the law enforcement community.
Current and previous CSUN PD K9 teams have provided security for world leaders such as former President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Senator John McCain, Senator Hillary Clinton and then Senator Barack Obama. CSUN PD's K9 teams have also provided security detail for The Golden Globe Awards and Former First Lady Nancy Reagan's Funeral in Simi Valley.
History of CSUN PD K9 Teams:
Officer Ray Gonzalez and his partner Briska (2005-2007)
Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Frieda (2002– Retired, 2008)
Officer Leon Ortiz-Gil and his partner Briska (2007- Retired, 2009)
Officer Ray Gonzalez and his partner Mitch (2010 – 2012)
Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Dozer (2009– Retired, 2012)
Officer Anthony Vargas and his partner Mitch (2012– Passed, 2016)
Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Isy (2012– Retired, 2016)
Officer Virgil Messmore and his partner Daisy (2016 - present)