Police in Rio Preparing for Major Events

Military police, civil police, and the city’s municipal guards have been training recently, learning crowd control techniques and more so they can best handle the major events that are taking place in Brazil in the near future. Following the course, seventy-six of the trainees then participated in a mock civil disorder exercise while using non-lethal weapons.

The training was focused on order management and coordination, with specialist trainers being brought in from Spain. Spain has had experience in hosting major world events. Grand total in 2013 are 4,250 police officers that are expected to be trained. Later in the year, further training will be involved to help in dealing with more violent crowd situations.

The reason for these preparations is the upcoming hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2013, the FIFA World Cup in 2014, and the 2016 Summer Olympics. Millions of tourists are expected to be arriving in the city for these events. There is also a large event, World Youth Day 2013, that is expected to draw a large crowd when it’s held later this year.

A member of the Spanish Police Force, Juan Francisco Molina, says of the training and preparations “We believe Brazilian police are highly-qualified, with well-established protocols, and are prepared to face the major events that are set to come to Rio.”