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Dutch Police Train Rats to Sniff Out Crime

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

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

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The "Rat Squad"

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The "Mousketeers"...

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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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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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Rats are amazing creatures!!!

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sounds like the plot to minority report 2

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An attempt to employ them on traffic duties failed, because apparently, there are certain things even rats refuse to do! s11841.gif

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

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