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. 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. Read more (in Portuguese). * The Rio Times Daily Updates feature is offered to help keep you up-to-date with important news as it happens. 19 Responses to "Rio’s Military Police Most Corrupt in Brazil: Daily" ROBERTO Z. DIB December 3, 2013 at 1:47 PM IT MAKE ME SAD NOTICING THAT SOME OF THE COMMENTS SPREAD ABOUT BRAZIL ARE ABOUT THE BAD BEHAVIOR FROM OUR AUTHORITIES . WHEN WILL FINALLY THIS BAD SITUATION END ? WHO WILL STOP IT ? 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. Pingback: Headlines of the day II: Econo/Eco/Fukububble | eats shoots 'n leaves Kaio December 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM I wish I could answer this question…. Pingback: Rio’s Military Police Most Corrupt in Brazil: | Radar 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 Pingback: Rio Inaugurates Two New UPPs in Zona Norte: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News 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. Pingback: Violence Mars Christmas Celebrations in Rocinha Favela of Rio: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: More Than 7,000 Police in Rio for New Year's Eve: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: De Polícia Militar in Rio de Janeiro - vriend of vijand? - To Go To Rio 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”? Pingback: From the favelas: rising up through arts and sport in Brazil | PNCAU Pingback: Editorial: The Army is Coming | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Tourist Arrested for Bribery: Daily | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: It's Not Just the World Cup Brazilians are Protesting About - Pingback: It’s not just the World Cup Brazilians are protesting about | Steffen Boehm Pingback: Federal Prosectors Plan Clampdown on Corruption in Rio de Janeiro: Daily Update | The Rio Times | Brazil News Pingback: Six Military Police Arrested After UPP Operation in Rio | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.