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The Los Angeles Police Department unveiled new counterterrorism equipment Thursday amid recent terrorist threats against cities in Europe.

The LAPD monitors terror incidents around the world and develops action plans and technology to prevent such scenarios from happening in Los Angeles.

“A ripple somewhere is a ripple everywhere. We feel the effects by lunchtime,” said Deputy Chief Michael Downing. “The threat has become globalized, it is internationalized.”

So the LAPD has developed counterterrorism measures like an explosive-sniffing K-9 unit that operates without a handler, or the futuristic-sounding “BAT CAT,” a bomb assessment tactical counter assault tool worth $900,000.

Source: Miriam Hernandez for ABC7.

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