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UPPD Canine Unit

In September of 2013, Officer Socks graduated from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, and joined the UPPD. As our first canine officer, Socks was paired with partner Officer Julie Wesley. One year later, Officer Zzisa has joined the UPPD, paired with partner Officer Sean Mackey.

Socks and Zzisa, both yellow Labrador retrievers, are certified ordnance detection and evidence detection canines. As sworn members of the UPPD, Socks and Zzisa work diligently to ensure the safety and security of the University City community.

The K9 units will 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.

Socks is a graduate of the first class from the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (WDC), and Zzisa joins us from the WDC as well. For more information on the Penn Working Dog Center, please visit:


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