California State University, Northridge was the setting for an energetic dog show as the campus’ Department of Police Services — along with the Cypress Police Department, Glendale Police Department, Ventura Police Department, Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Ventura County Search and Rescue and Department of Homeland Security — showed off their tough but lovable K-9 unit dogs during April 16’s “Meet The Dogs” event. The afternoon demonstration, which took place on the Bayramian Hall Lawn, highlighted the dogs’ proficiency in narcotics and explosives detection, as well as a demonstration of search and rescue, tracking and handler protection techniques.
On the CSUN side, DPS officers Cpl. Tom Finnerty and Anthony Vargas led the training exercises, along with some very willing participants who allowed the police pups to practice their stopping power. The event has become a yearly occasion to both bring awareness to the community about the great work the dogs do, and also to support police services by selling CSUN Police Department K9 merchandise. All proceeds support the CSUN K-9 unit, are tax deductible, and some t-shirts and plush K-9 dog toys are still available. If you’re interested, stop by the DPS Building at the corner of Darby and Prarie, or by calling DPS Capt. A. Fernandez at (818) 677-3961.