The Los Angeles Police Department has an annual budget for 2013 of almost $1.4 billion. That's a lot of money, but it also allows one of the biggest police departments in one of the country's biggest cities to buy some really, really cool toys. Toys like this - the BatCat.

The BatCat is a "commercial-grade forklift" that will happily tear apart buildings, flip vehicles and generally make the life of any criminal stupid enough to hide from the LAPD pretty miserable. It's party trick, though, is its ability to be driven remotely, keeping the operators at a safe distance in dangerous situations. That can include instances where bombs might be present or where gunman might be in hiding. Bradley Hasemeyer of our sister site, Translogic, traveled to LA to ride in the BatCat and learn about it first hand. Scroll down for the full video.

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