The City of Mexicali held Tuesday an event to announce the receipt of over a hundred patrol cars.

After several months, the city announced the receipt of 105 of the 164 vehicles expected. The vehicles included 60 sedans and 45 trucks.

Mexicali Mayor Norma Bustamante said the city sought to lease these vehicles since the administration began last year.

“I know there’s still a lot to do,” the Mayor said. “But we are in the right track.”

Mexicali Police Chief Pedro Ariel Mendívil said the patrol cars will help increase police presence in both west and east areas, as well as in rural areas.

The vehicles were assigned to areas with high crime rates, the chief said.

Mendívil said patrol cars are expected to help in traffic, intelligence, prevention and special services.

Octavio Sandoval, Chairman of the Employer Confederation of Mexicali, opined that the city maintains a deficit of patrol cars.

The business leader recalled that Mexicali Police studies showed the city requires 300 patrol cars.

Sandoval considered that the authorities need to send a strong message to address crime in the city. He said July was the most violent month of 2022, while the authorities have not arrested suspects linked to homicides, which leaves a sense of impunity among residents.

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