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.
Cpl. Tom Finnerty & K9 Isy Retire from CSUN Department of Police Services
After eight years of service to the CSUN campus and Department of Police Services, Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Isy retired in March, 2016.
Cpl. Finnerty joined the Department of Police Services in February 2008, coming from the nearby Channel Islands campus where he was also a K9 officer. K9 Isy joined CSUN PD in September, 2012 at the age of four. Following a grueling four-week academy Isy successfully graduated, making her the 4th "bomb dog" in the history of CSUN K9 teams. Just two days after graduation, Isy was called out to a bomb threat on the CSUN campus.
During their time on campus the K9 team made great connections and relationships with the students, faculty, and staff of CSUN.
Shortly before retirement, Cpl. Finnerty and K9 Isy provided security detail for Former First Lady Nancy Reagan's Funeral, closing out the long list of security details provided for dignitaries and special events.
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)