A complaint revealed that the Buenos Aires government delivered several times as new to the same patrols in different municipalities since October 2020. Some were even presented up to three times as vehicles without taxiing.
Following a presentation by the NGO Niños por La Matanza, the television channel TN made a report in which the maneuver led by the Ministry of Security commanded by Sergio Berni, who in most of the events was accompanied by Governor Axel Kicillof.
“It was an absolute surprise. That surprise was the tip of the iceberg. We found repeat patents, vehicles that were delivered more than once. They are handing out patrol cars with the same patent, making all the paraphernalia of that presentation that they make and that is seen in public portals, which is not to take responsibility for the safety of the residents of the province of Buenos Aires, the largest province in the country ” said Maximiliano Gómez, a member of the complainant NGO.
Specifically, what was detected is that several trucks advertised as new, were new several times, in different cities and up to seven months apart.
Act of handover of patrol cars. Photo: Municipality of Esteban Echeverría
For example, a Ford Ranger that was part of the 60 that were delivered in Esteban Echeverría on October 28, 2020, then was reborn as immaculate on May 6, 2021 in Bahía Blanca, and the next day again in Monte Hermoso. Three times new, always the same.
“It is the First time in history that Bahía Blanca is going to receive so many new patrol cars in a single delivery. They have already begun to place the radios, the mobile equipment that goes into service, “even an impassive Berni pointed out during the event in Bahía Blanca.
Another of those vehicles that Fernando Gray received in a fabulous staging During October of last year, two months later, he was presented at Operativo Sol a Sol in Mar del Plata, and in May of this year he recovered his virginity for a new act in Bahía Blanca.
They are always the same trucks, to the point that when on April 15 of this year 60 “zero kilometer” patrol cars were delivered in La Plata, at least 10 they were among the protagonists of October 2020 in Esteban Echeverría. That day, in the provincial capital, another Ranger also appeared that had been given as new on December 23 of last year in San Miguel del Monte.
“It is a redundant policy, to show something as new, to expose it. But, specifically, when we talk about security, seeing the patrol car and feeling safe, that does not happen, “shot Gómez, from Niños por La Matanza.
Axel Kicillof, Sergio Berni and Fernando Gray during the delivery of the reborn patrol cars. Photo Municipality of Esteban Echeverría
According to him discharge What happened in case zero, that of Esteban Echeverría, is that due to a delay in the delivery by the automaker, they left those vehicles as a loan until they had the new ones.
From the administration led by Gray they even clarified that later they received the Toyota Hilux that they had been promised and at that time it would have been that the Rangers were again new for their new destinations, in a election campaign year.
These deliveries were within the framework of the Buenos Aires Security Strengthening Fund presented by Alberto Fernández in September 2020, a plan with a initial budget of 10,000,000 pesos.