Monday, April 18, 2005

Mesa Police Want to Add Monkey to SWAT Team

The Mesa Police Department is looking to add some primal instinct to its SWAT team, and to do that, it's looking to a monkey.

The department has submitted a request to purchase and train a capuchin monkey, which is considered the second smartest primate to the chimpanzee.

The department is seeking about $100,000 in federal grant money to put the idea to use in Mesa SWAT operations.

The monkey weighs only three to eight pounds, has tiny humanlike hands and puzzle-solving skills. Police say it would be able to get into places no officer or robot could go and could unlock doors, search buildings and find suicide victims on command.

Story here.

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