Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The small favela community of Cerro-Corá, located on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) held a kickboxing graduation ceremony of their community integration program last week on Thursday, March 19th. The entire program is meant to foster positive relationships between the UPP (Police Pacification […]

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

Rio’s Military Police Enter Favela After Weekend Shootings

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – After intense shootings during the past weekend between two reported rival drug gangs in the Morro do Juramento favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone), the military police are occupying the community and searching for suspects. The shooting began on Friday night and terrorized residents […]

Rio Governor Pezão Announces Budget Cuts at Inauguration

Rio Governor Pezão Announces Budget Cuts at Inauguration

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Luis Fernando de Souza, known as Pezão (Big Foot), was sworn in as Rio de Janeiro’s state governor on Thursday, January 1st together with his running-mate and now vice-governor Francisco Dornelles at the Rio state parliament Alerj. In his inauguration speech Pezão already announced budget […]

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

Military Police Announce New Heads for 16 of 38 UPPs in Rio

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Major news outlet O Globo reported that the press office of the Coordinator of Pacifying Police (CPP) confirmed the change of command in 16 of 38 UPPs in the state over the next week. Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, […]

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Today marks the sixth anniversary of Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), installed in the Santa Marta favela community on December 19, 2008. While the UPP still faces challenges in other areas of Rio, in Santa Marta, also […]

Four Rio Police Officers Shot in Complexo do Alemão

Four Rio Police Officers Shot in Complexo do Alemão

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A clash between police and alleged drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro lead to the wounding of four military police officers in Complexo do Alemão on Monday, December 8th. The clash broke out on Monday afternoon, when military police officers (MPs) from the Nova […]

Violence Against Police Officers Worry Officials in Rio

Violence Against Police Officers Worry Officials in Rio

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A meeting between Rio de Janeiro’s state security secretary, Jose Mariano Beltrame, and top military and civil police chiefs was held on Monday afternoon, December 1st, to discuss the recent wave of violence against police officers in the city. Since the beginning of the year […]

Additional Security in Rio to Insure Peaceful Elections

Additional Security in Rio to Insure Peaceful Elections

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – To guarantee security during Sunday’s election, Rio de Janeiro state officials have announced that five thousand extra police agents will be patrolling streets during the second round of elections. Starting on Friday afternoon 35,000 police officers will guard the streets including 455 military police […]

Rio Police Arrest 26 in Complexo do Alemão: Daily

Rio Police Arrest 26 in Complexo do Alemão: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Thursday, September 18th, Rio Civil Police apprehended 26 members of an alleged drug gang said to be responsible for vandalism of several buses and the death of six Military Police officers including, the Captain of the Nova Brasília Pacifying Police Unit (UPP), Uanderson […]

UPP Captian Killed in Complexo do Alemão: Daily

UPP Captian Killed in Complexo do Alemão: Daily

By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) Captain is dead after being shot on Thursday, September 11th during a confrontation between police and drug-trafficking suspects in Complexo do Alemão, one of the largest favela communities in Zona Norte (North Zone) of Rio de Janeiro. Uanderson Manoel […]

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