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UPPD K9 Unit
Zzisa and Uman, both Labrador retrievers, are certified ordnance detection and evidence detection canines. As sworn members of the UPPD, Uman and Zzisa work diligently to ensure the safety and security of the University City community. The K9 units respond to calls about unattended packages and perform building sweeps before large-scale events and visits by dignitaries. They can also be found undertaking regular patrol of Penn’s campus and the surrounding area.
In 2014 K9 Officer Zzisa joined the UPPD, paired with partner Sergeant Sean Mackey. Zzisa joined the UPPD from the PennVet Working Dog Center (WDC).
Zzisa is named in honor of 9/11 victim Salvatore J. Zisa.
Her birthday is September 11, 2010. She lives and works with her handler, Sgt. Mackey.
In November 2020, K9 Officer Uman joined the UPPD, paired with partner Officer Julie Wesley. Uman is Zzisa’s granddaughter, a pup bred by the WDC to dam Pinto and sire Boomer.
Uman lives and works with her handler, Officer Wesley.
PennVet Working Dog Center (WDC)
Inspired by the Search & Rescue Dogs that responded following the attacks on 9/11, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center opened on September 11, 2012 and serves as a national research and development center for detection dogs.
Zzisa joined the UPPD from the PennVet Working Dog Center
(WDC). Zzisa lives and works with her handler, Sgt. Sean Mackey.
For more information on the Penn Working Dog Center, please
Congrats to the Class of 2022! Proud to be of service to you during your studies at Penn! #PennGrad Posing here with my partner Officer Wesley and my pal @k9officerzzisa with her partner Sgt. Mackey 🔴🔵…
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Socks, the first UPPD K9 Officer
(7-7-12 to 7-20-20)
In September of 2013, Officer Socks graduated from the first class at Penn Vet Working Dog Center, and joined the UPPD as our first canine officer. Socks was paired with her partner Officer Julie Wesley, and was certified in ordnance and evidence detection. She was named in honor of Socks Lavoie (handler Sue Lavoie), who was deployed to the Staten Island Landfill following the attacks of 9/11. Socks passed on July 20, 2020 at the age of 8, surrounded by the love of Officer Wesley and her other family members. We are grateful to K9 Officer Socks and her years of service to the Penn Community.
K9 InstagramZzisa joined the UPPD from the PennVet Working Dog Center (WDC). Zzisa lives and works with her handler, Sgt. Sean Mackey. For more information on the Penn Working Dog Center, please visit: www.pennvetwdc.org
PennReady “An Ounce of Prevention” Health and Safety Fair!
Friday, September 30 from 11am-2pm, 3901 Locust Walk
Join us for free food, giveaways, and lots of useful information from Public Safety and our partners! …
Hurrah hurrah!! We’re so happy to be celebrating the amazing Class of 2022!! 🔴🔵
Lunch break! Stopping by my favorite food truck for a bite. 🐶🥙 …
The end of a fun day of working at the Penn Relays! So much excitement and cheers! #PennRelays2022 …
Met with my friend SWOOP today during Move-in! …
Making so many new friends…NSO is the best! @penn_nsoai @k9officeruman …
Stopped by the Chief’s office for a chat. She listened to my great ideas, like adding more tennis balls throughout the building, so we are always prepared for a game of fetch 🎾🐾💕 …
It’s Friday!! Hope you have a great weekend! #workingdogs #playtime …
Happy Friday! …
It’s #NationalDogDay so take a walk with your favorite canine. If you’re looking for a furry friend, try your local shelter! #workingdogs #loveagoodwalk …
Amazing delivery to the #FiremansHallMuseum! The restored Bates Engine moved in today! …
Demonstrating our super scent detection skills and our extreme pet-ability! Love meeting great new friends @childrensphila …
Enjoying my reward for a hard day of sniffing out crime #WorkingDog #RewardTime …
A little bopping before my shift!! #workingdogbop …
Had a great time today at the Life Saving Measures emergency preparedness event! My friends @penn_vet_working_dog_center were there too! …
Reporting for duty! …
Love to recharge with a vacation down the Shore! #WorkingDog #VacationTime …
Hanging out at the beautiful Kaskey Park! It’s a nice spot for a break on a hot day😊🌳 …
Feeling the love at #PennRelays! …
Enjoying playing in the snow! #snowday …
I felt like a star at today’s NSO event! It was great to make so many new friends!! …
My fav way to beat the heat!☀️
Stay cool, be safe, and have fun 😎 #DogDaysOfSummer …
Congrats to the Class of 2022! Proud to be of service to you during your studies at Penn!
Posing here with my partner Officer Wesley and my pal @k9officerzzisa with her partner Sgt. Mackey 🔴🔵 …
Having a beautiful day at Penn Relays! Hope to see you there! …
Happy Friday everyone!
#WorkingDog #LostInThought …
Time to spring forward this weekend! Bring on the sunshine! ☀️ #DaylightSavings …
Hope you’re having a Super Sunday! 🏈🐾 …
Ran into my pal again today! We enjoyed some time in the sun and greeted lots of new friends! @penn_quaker #sunnyday …
Remembering that sunny day when I met the Penn Quaker ❤️💙 …
Hello Class of 2025! 🔴🔵 …
Learning soccer drills with my partner! ⚽️🤩 …
Having a great time celebrating my first @uofpenn Commencement today! …
Our Deputy Chief really knows how to TREAT the K9 unit! #WorkingDogPuns 😆 …