Rio’s Operation Lapa Presente Deemed Success After 1.5 Years

Rio’s Operation Lapa Presente Deemed Success After 1.5 Years

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Launched by Rio’s Secretary of State in January 2014, the Operation Lapa Presente has so far arrested numerous people for crimes and sheltered 15,000 homeless people in the one year and four months of its existence and has been deemed a success so far […]

Rio Police Presence in Lapa Increased for Carnival

Rio Police Presence in Lapa Increased for Carnival

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The neighborhood of Lapa in Rio’s Centro had an increased police presence this year through Carnival in an effort to reduce street crime and make the celebrations safer. Operação Lapa Presente (OLP) brought 180 police agents to the street, and according to authorities reduced crime […]

Police Operations in Lapa Deemed a Success in 2014

Police Operations in Lapa Deemed a Success in 2014

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to authorities Operação Lapa Presente (Operation Today’s Lapa) has been highly successful in terms of arrests. An official statement from the local government reports a total of 120 fugitives have been arrested in the six months till now. This includes six who were wanted […]

New Efforts to Increase Security on Lapa Streets

New Efforts to Increase Security on Lapa Streets

By Alfred Rinaldi, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Apart from being Rio’s most vibrant nightspot, Lapa also has the sad reputation of being riddled by crime recently, with three people having been attacked in one week alone last month (December 2013). In a renewed push to meet this challenge and make the neighborhood […]