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 […]