Netherlands police consider using birds of prey to prevent drone use

- A press release and video from the Netherlands National police discusses the increased use of drones the fact that they can be used for criminal purposes and demonstrates an innovative project of the Netherlands National Police, in collaboration with Guard From Above, a company that trains raptors, looks at the ability to use birds of prey to intercept enemy drones.

 "There are situations in which drones are not allowed to fly. This has almost always to do with security, "said Mark Wiebe, innovation manager of the National Unit of the police. 

Finding the 'driver' of an unwanted drone is not always easy. Therefore, officials are looking for solutions both electronic and a unique low-tech answer, the ability to use  specially trained birds of prey to prevent unwanted drone use.  

During a demonstration last Friday the police showed how this works in practice. Once the specially trained eagle spots the drone, it attacks and grabs the drone in it’s sharp talons. Then it is trained to carry it to a safe area, and brings it to the ground.

Wiebe: "The bird sees the drone as prey and takes it to a safe area,"

 “Guard From Above” is the world’s first company to specialize in training birds of prey to intercept hostile drones, safely,quickly and accurately

GFA founder and CEO, Sjoerd Hoogendoorn says, “For years, the government has been looking for ways to counter the undesirable use of drones. Sometimes a low-tech solution for a high-tech problem is more obvious than it seems. This is the case with our specially trained birds of prey. By using these birds’ animal instincts, we can offer an effective solution to a new threat.”

In a few months the police will decide definitively whether the use of birds of prey is an appropriate way to prevent unwanted drone use.

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