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This article was published on September 14, 2016

Dutch police starts using eagles to take down rogue drones

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Not long ago we reported that the Dutch national police was training birds in its efforts to take down drones that are being operated illegally.

After a seven-month-long trial, the force is now certain that well-trained birds will be able to help them with its tasks involving tackling rogue drones.

In the video above the takedown team is seen in a demonstration of how an eagle might be used in a real-life situation. It’s in Dutch, but easy enough to follow: A VIP gets escorted to a meeting, where an enemy drone is lurking in the distance. The VIP is then led safely back to the car, while an eagle takes to the sky to bring down the drone.

The force reports that it has started buying eagle chicks to train, and that it’s making sure a part of the national team is able to work with them.

It’s the first police force worldwide to start using birds in these kind of security measures, and with threats becoming increasingly more modern it might turn out to be a great decision. Also, they have funky hats:


If you’re interested in the training, this is what it looks like:

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