Wednesday, April 20, 2005
In fact, if they can teach him to cash a check, he could take over for Tom DeLay:
The police department at Mesa, Arizona, is examining a proposal to train a capuchin monkey for high-risk police operations.And the dream, we'll bet, came to Mr. Truelove the very same night he saw Colin Farrell in S.W.A.T.
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) veteran Sean Truelove has researched the possibility of landing a $US100,000 federal grant to fund a pilot program to train one monkey.
Mr Truelove told a local newspaper the test monkey could be trained to unlock doors and search buildings on command.
"Everybody laughs about it until they really start thinking about it," Mr Truelove told the East Valley Tribune.
"It could change the way we do business."
Major city police departments in the United States use paramilitary SWAT teams for hostage situations and in situations involving heavily armed criminals.
Mr Truelove told the newspaper the idea came to him in a dream about 18 months ago.