Rio’s Military Police Most Corrupt in Brazil: Daily

Rio's Military Police is more likely to ask for bribes than São Paulo's Military force

By William Jones, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Military Police in Rio de Janeiro are Brazil’s most corrupt police force, according to the National Victimization Survey, commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Program for Development. The study also showed that the state of Rio is subject to more crime than the rest of the entire Southeast region, including São Paulo.

Rio's Military Police Most Corrupt, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil News

Every Brazilian state has its own Military Police force who is responsible for maintaining public order and is at the disposal of the state government, photo by Jorge Brazil/Flickr Creative Commons License.

According to the research acquired by Brazilian daily newspaper Extra, the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro is in the top spot for police extortion in the country. The survey concluded that Rio’s Military Police is far more likely to demand bribes from citizens, as the state’s MP is behind over thirty percent of all reported incidents.

The Military Police of São Paulo, the state with the highest number of military officers, were responsible for 18.2 percent of all reported bribing incidents.

The statistics also showed that police corruption is more likely to be carried out by officers who are male and white. The statistics showed that 78.9 percent of crimes involving police officers as perpetrators were carried out by men. Out of that total, 42.2 percent where white, 42.35 percent were “pardo” (mixed) and eleven percent were black.

National Secretary of Public Safety, Regina Miki, could not hide from the statistics but attempted to defend the police’s reputation by placing the blame on the society that has bred such behavior. “This research has shown that the military police is the most corrupt in the country. But I think we should understand that the police are recruited from our society, this is a portrait of [society],” she told the tabloid Extra.

The National Victimization Survey is a study that records incidents of crime from information provided by average citizens in order to compare them with the official data recorded by police, sorting them by location, social status, skin color, age, sex and income. The survey, which began collecting data in 2010, had a sample size of 78,000 people. Researchers conducted 8,550 interviews in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The complete study will be released next month.

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19 Responses to "Rio’s Military Police Most Corrupt in Brazil: Daily"

  1. ROBERTO Z. DIB  December 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM


  2. Nicholas  December 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Roberto, only THE PEOPLE of each state/city/community can stop it. Brazilians must not only grow up, but also behave like grown ups.

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  4. Kaio  December 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I wish I could answer this question….

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  6. Bob Nadkarni  December 5, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I am being bled dry by the prefeitura Fiscalisation dept. We have been trying for years to become legal. They put every barrier in our way and then theaten us with closure for no being legal. The head of the dept rips us off of R$3000 every time we want to open “to keep the closure order locked in my drawer”. There’s a lot more to this story….all of it corrupt. I’m going with a German Correspondent friend to the conference today in the complexo Mare which is about new norms for favelas.
    Centro de Artes do Mare
    Rua Bittencourt Sampaio 181
    Nova Holanda

    It’s being promoted by the Heirich Boll Foundation / tel; 3221 9900

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  8. Simon  December 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Simple answer, make all officers wear small cameras on their uniforms. This way they will always be held accountable for their actions.

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  12. Soren  January 17, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Simon: The camera will do no good. You already have cameras and GPS in some (if not all, i am not sure) police cars, but these just happendes to be out of order just at the time when an arrested citizen somehow gets beaten up or dies in the car on the way to the station.

    How many people in Rio or SP has passed a driving test without paying “exstra”?

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