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. The Golden Globe Awards have also had CSUN PD’s K9 team on staff for security detail.
History of CSUN PD K9 Teams:
Officer Ray Gonzalez and his partner Briska (2005 – 20)
Officer Leon Ortiz-Gil and his partner Briska (20 –20)
Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Frieda (2002–2009)
Officer Ray Gonzalez and his partner Mitch (2010 – 2012)
Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Dozer (2009–2012)
Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Isy (2012–Current)
Officer Anthony Vargas and his partner Mitch (2012–Current)
(Above, Corporal Tom Finnerty and his partner Isy)
(Above, Officer Anthony Vargas and his partner Mitch)