Violence Concerns in Rio Drop

Complexo do Caju UPP Installation, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

(courtesty of the Rio Times)

A recent survey by O Globo newspaper revealed that violence is a lesser concern among Rio residence, currently. The government’s established Police Pacification Units is contributed to this lowering concern, as well as to a reduction in the number of times the police have been forced to discharge fire arms.

The same survey displayed data as well that the number of stray bullets fired by police has also dropped by 81%. This further cements the standing that the Police Pacification Units are effectively lowering crime rates in the city.

Residents are saying that now that crime rates have dropped, the issues that need to be addressed are noisy bars and clubs, expanding favelas, refuse, sanitation, and waste water facilities. The Botafogo Resident’s Association President, Regina Chiaradia, states “The reduction in violence in the greatest prize that events such as the Olympics have brought us. Now we need to get our sewers fixed,”

There are also other associations that state that efforts should be prioritized in the education and health services areas of the community.

Since the effective crime drop in Rio, experts are now saying the police need to refocus operations in the Zona Oeste, which is Rio’s west zone, in order to decrease mortality rates.

State and federal security forces occupied the communities of Complexo do Caju and Barreira do Vasco in the city’s port zone earlier this month as the first preliminary step to installing Rio’s first Police Pacification Unit.

The number of homicides has been dropping in Rio, according to recent figures, however crimes and homicides elsewhere in the state have been on the rise.

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.”