FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!
Carrick Cook

Carrick Cook

Officer Carrick R. Cook is the Public Information Officer for the Arizona Department of Public Safety and a former motor officer with that agency.

Security Policy and the Cloud

Ask The Expert

Mark Rivera

FBI-CJIS Security Policy Compliance Officer

Mark Rivera, Customer Retention Manager and CJIS Security Compliance Officer with Vigilant Solutions, served for sixteen years with the Maryland State Police, retiring at the rank of First Sergeant with thirteen of those years at the supervisory and command level. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from The Johns Hopkins University and Secret clearance through the FBI, Baltimore.

Vehicles

Video: Need To Open Up a Building Wall?

The LAPD's BatCat is a special tactical vehicle that looks like a forklift with a massive telescoping arm.

May 27, 2011  |  by

An irate husband who barricaded himself in an apartment building after shooting a Los Angeles Police officer in the face forced the LAPD's SWAT unit to call out special equipment.

This domestic-violence call was combustible from the start, and resulted in a 24-hour standoff for the LAPD's tactical officers. After shooting canine officer Steve Jenkins in the face at 2:45 a.m. on April 4, Sergio Salazar barricaded himself in the Sylmar apartment where he had attacked his wife a day earlier.

LAPD tactical officers used tear gas. They deployed "hot gas." They exchanged fire with Salazar, who refused to leave the residence.

Eventually, SWAT officers called in the BatCat to begin demolishing the residence to reach Salazar. The BatCat — formerly known as the Bomb Assault Tactical Control Assessment Tool — is a massive automated robot that can be operated remotely and is part-truck and part-tractor. A telescoping arm can bring a claw, forklift or bucket up to 50 feet.

The vehicle is similar to the telescopic handlers widely used in the agriculture industry. Built on a Caterpillar base, the BatCat weighs 39,000 pounds and can be driven up to 6 mph, reports the Los Angeles Times.

To extract Salazar, the LAPD deployed the BatCat to begin tearing away sections of the apartment building. Eventually, officers who entered the building found Salazar dead.

However, command staff members were impressed with the BatCat, so keep your eyes out for this tactical tool. I'm sure we'll see it deployed again.

Related: Suspect Who Shot LAPD Officer Found Dead In Home

Watch video of the BatCat:

VIDEO: LAPD's Remotec BatCat Robot


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.
Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine