Belgium's New Detectives

By Meera Dolasia on November 26, 2007

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Sacha Van Loo, a detective with Belgium's police force, is fluent in seven languages, knows a number of more dialects (same language spoken in different ways) in his head and has an acute sense of hearing. In fact, he is everything an awesome detective should be and more - He is also blind.

Meet Belgium's latest weapons against crime, six blind or visually impaired detectives of which Sacha Vam Loo is one. The detectives have been hired to listen to phone tapping evidence and bugged (taped) conversations. The reason for hiring blind detectives is because their other senses become more sharper and they can hear "clues" that people with eyesight seem to miss. This is especially helpful in a taped conversation, where the location of the call or the kind of phone used can make all the difference in solving a mystery,

Sacha Van Loo has already proved himself invaluable   after being on the force for just six months. In one investigation the police thought they were dealing with a criminal from Morocco. However after Sach listened to it, he identified the suspect as Albanian, which turned out to be accurate and helped catch the criminal. 

When the Belgian police advertised for these positions, they were surprised at the overwhelming  response they received. While the initial trial is only for six detectives, they hope to open up a lot more positions in the future, for these amazing crime-solving individuals.


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  • the doctor Monday, August 24, 2015 at 3:16 pm
    i mean it
    • the doctor 17Monday, August 24, 2015 at 3:15 pm
      That is so awesome!
      • genius1326
        genius1326Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 8:33 am
        wow, that is really cool and in-genius!
        • babeThursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:12 am
          • babeThursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:11 am
            yah thats cool
            • otter
              otterThursday, October 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm
              that is so cool! I think it would be hard to be a detective, let alone not being able to see while being one!
              • mintshine
                mintshineSaturday, August 17, 2013 at 1:03 pm
                It's so cool how people's other senses get sharper when they're blind.
                • barbiegirl17
                  barbiegirl17Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 5:21 pm
                  • po23
                    po23Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm
                    that is amazing!!!!!!!!!
                    • peaceMonday, March 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm
                      Me: (speechless) Detectives: (sightless) P.S. Is sightless a word?
                      • fencingchick
                        fencingchickSaturday, November 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm
                        yes it is sightless |ˈsītlis| adjective unable to see; blind: sightlessly adverb , sightlessness noun

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