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Dutch Police Train Rats to Sniff Out Crime

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:09 PM

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Police in the Netherlands are hoping to save money by training rats to sniff out things like drugs and gunshot residue. The animals are cheaper and faster than traditional lab work -- and they're very accurate.

"Derrick" is unbeatable. He's right in 98.8 percent of all cases, the kind of accuracy only machines can achieve. But Derrick is no machine. He's part of an elite group of sewer rats currently being trained in Rotterdam to sniff out drugs, gunpowder or traces of other substances that cling to someone after they've committed a crime.

Shooting a gun leaves behind gunshot residue that until now could only be detected in a costly laboratory. Dutch police, under pressure to save money, now see Derrick and his four classmates as a cheaper and faster option than traditional science. The project's potential savings has won it the support of the police's "innovation manager."

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Posted 16 September 2013 - 01:20 PM

So now when criminals are caught they can do their best Jimmy Cagney: "You dirty rat"....

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 01:45 PM

Just dont put male and female rats in the same crime squad, you'll see maaany baby rats after.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 03:18 PM

The "Rat Squad"

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 05:21 PM

The "Mousketeers"...

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 07:31 PM

Interesting. From the original article it reads, in part:

Biology is on his side -- rats have 1,000 different receptors that are crucial to the perception of smells. That's more than dogs, which have 900, and well more than humans, with a paltry 380.

Huh, I never knew that.

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Posted 18 September 2013 - 09:05 PM

Leave it to the dutch. The ones with relaxed drug laws to do this.  And it saves money thats a plus

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 04:06 AM

Rats are amazing creatures!!!

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 08:05 PM

sounds like the plot to minority report 2

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 11:05 PM

An attempt to employ them on traffic duties failed, because apparently, there are certain things even rats refuse to do!    Posted Image

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 12:06 PM

...  and they kept falling over on their tiny motorcycles

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