Scotland Yard is interested in emulating a Dutch police initiative to use eagles to take down drones, the Metropolitan police has said.
The force’s commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, was impressed by the Dutch programme in which trained birds hunted down drones.
There have been concerns that drones are increasingly being used to commit crime. Police have warned that they can be deployed to spy on homes targeted for burglaries and there have been reports of them being found in the grounds of prisons with drugs attached. “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,” said a Met spokesman.
According to Guard From Above, the Hague-based firm that trains the birds of prey, the approach is a “a low-tech solution for a high-tech problem”. Spokesman Geoff LeBaron said they birds were capable of avoiding the drones’ rotors: “They seem to be whacking the drone right in the centre so they don’t get hit – they have incredible visual acuity and they can probably actually see the rotors.”