The popularity of bomb-sniffing dogs grows after an event like the Boston Marathon bombings, but often drops off as time goes by, a law enforcement officer said today.
"Unfortunately, some people just kind of go back to status quo and they forget about it," said Corp. Tom Finnerty of the Cal State Northridge Police Department at event that showcased police dogs at the university today.
The dogs and their law enforcement partners showed off their skills to the public today at a "Meet the Dogs" special event at Cal State Northridge.
Participating law enforcement agencies included dogs and officers from Glendale, Ventura, Cypress and the Department of Homeland Security.
The dogs were available for demonstrations and photo opportunities. K-9 merchandise was available for sale, and proceeds went to support the university's K-9 unit.
"Our two dogs here on campus are pretty well known here on campus," Finnerty said, adding that the dogs are popular with students.
"It's good to have the dogs here for security reasons, especially with the way times are now," he said.
He said the bomb dogs are the most sought after, but are the hardest to come by due to demand.
"After an event like a terrorist event that happens, then you will see the EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) dogs called out for suspicious packages," Finnerty said.
Mostly, the campus uses drug-sniffing dogs.
"The patrol dogs and the narcotics dogs are proven everyday," he said.
--City News Service