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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      mikemaj82
      • 1 Year Ago
      They couldn't even replace the buy's boat that found the boston bomber, and now they want to tear apart whole houses?
      stonehunte
      • 1 Year Ago
      The LAPD's annual budget is $1.4 billion and California wonders why their government is going bankrupt and they're residents/businesses are fleeing the state because of taxes. Yay! socialist another "win" for you...
        fly by wireless
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stonehunte
        Not socialism. Facism. Nice work projecting though. We've been on this slope since 9:11:01 Mission Accomplished!!
        Ben Lee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stonehunte
        Yup. Bloated pensions doesnt help either...
        ugly rims
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stonehunte
        I remember the Nancy Reagan crack goon squad tanks.
        postpast
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stonehunte
        It could be worse, Toronto's police budget is around that and our cops mostly just give out parking tickets.
      ugly rims
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cool, now they can tear down your whole house for that eighth of weed you stashed. Your copper pipes are now property of the LAPD.
      RGiddyUp
      • 1 Year Ago
      This type of equipment within police departments has becoming asinine. stickshiftn9 called it clearly.
        brandon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGiddyUp
        Welcome to the police state. The US, giving russia a run for the "police state" title since 2001. Clearly the terrorists won.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @brandon
          Yet in this last decade, my life hasn't changed at all, despite everyone claiming they're now living in a police state and have had their freedoms taken away.
      jcar302
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm no police tactical expert, but there has got to be a better/cheaper way to get criminals out. If you are going to destroy the place, might as well just set it on fire.
      dano
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what a police state looks like
      Mr. O
      • 1 Year Ago
      wait.... is this HeavyMachineryBlog.com??
        Narom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. O
        "heavymachineryblog.com is unavailable or may not exist" Bugger, you got my hopes up.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. O
        [blocked]
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems pretty idiotic, as you'll do tens of thousands of dollars of damage. Just shoot sleeping gas or tear gas through the windows, how many barricaded shooters actually have gas masks? And how many gas masks are 100% effective and last for long periods of time? These guys wonder why they are always bankrupt when they are doing this much damage with such hugely expensive toys. *facepalm*
        Odessa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Once u deploy CN or CS teargas into a house the house is uninhabitable, the chemicals that make you cry and unable to see, will still be there weeks later. In the end, u will demolish the house anyways.
          flychinook
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Odessa
          Yeah, back when I worked for Servpro, we did a few cleanups for tear-gas damage. You just have to be very thorough with the cleaning.
          Narom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Odessa
          Erm, not actually true. A good dehumidifier plus plenty of ventilation gets rid of it.
      CEC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats LAPD for creating a vehicle that protects the people who protect the people that hate them.
      Mercer
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they have that kind of budget to burn, why can't they make LA traffic better?
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      While it certainly makes more sense to break a window and pop tear gas, if that doesn't work alternatives are needed, furthermore this is also a bomb disposal machine. Tear gas is not going to remove a bomb, but this thing could. It would be nice if people stopped with the knee jerking for a moment and used their brains for once. A human life is invaluable, a home on the other hand can be repaired by the state.
      dea5787
      • 1 Year Ago
      Figured I'd pull some numbers for everyone complaining about their budget LAPD budget is $1,338,369,551...93% of which goes to salaries (thats $1,244,683,682). For the staff of 12,902 that equals an average salary of $96,472 LAPD covers 3,792,621 residents....that costs each resident less than $1 a day for police services (0.97 to be exact). So...you think paying $0.97 a day for police services in the 3rd largest PD jurisdiction in the nation is expensive? I think those complaining of the budget are ignorant. I'd like to see you risk your life (just one of the many difficult things those in the public safety industry have to deal with) on the mean streets of LA every day for less than 6 figures a year. I sure as sh*t wouldn't want to. I'm thankful for all those that do.
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