Could Police Use Eagles To Catch Rogue Drones?
The Metropolitan Police said it’s considering using eagles to intercept drones following news of a similar project in the Netherlands, report Mashable.
The birds of prey would be trained to snatch the flying devices out of the sky and even retrieve them.
The scheme in the Netherlands saw police team up with Denmark-based raptor training company Guard from Above and successfully teach bald eagles to snatch drones from the sky.
One concern during the trial was that the birds’ claws could be hurt by the drones’ blades. Police there are deciding if the prospect is viable within a few months.
“As would be expected in an organisation that is transforming, we take an interest in all innovative new ideas and will of course be looking at the work of the Dutch police use of eagles,” a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told Mashable in a statement.
Police in the UK are increasingly concerned about the use of the flying devices for criminal ends, as well as the near misses several have had with planes.
Drones have been used for a variety of policing methods in trials in the UK already, with a quarter of the 43 forces in England and Wales considering using the technology.
They could be deployed for “law enforcement and counter terrorist work, including for support for emergency response or for public order events,” the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) toldMashable. That could mean drones patrolling protests, hovering over siege scenarios or hunting down missing persons or thieves.
The eagles, though, would be a whole new addition to their arsenal.
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