Crime Numbers Drop in Rio Communities With UPPs

Crime Numbers Drop in Rio Communities With UPPs

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Crime numbers have significantly dropped in communities with a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) between 2008 and 2014 according to the latest numbers from the Public Safety Institute (ISP). In 36 UPP areas in Rio, homicides have decreased by 65.5 percent, street robberies by 57.3 […]

Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

Rio’s Final UPP Bases to Be Constructed with Urgency

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro Governor Luiz Fernando Pezão has announced that the final bases for the city’s new Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) will be constructed under an urgency regime, not needing environmental licenses and land titles. The decision comes after conflicts between the police and drug […]

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Complexo do Alemão made a protest calling for peace and justice in the community after ten year-old Eduardo de Jesus was hit by a stray bullet last Thursday (April 2nd) on his doorstep and passed away. While the police have been accused of […]

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police (PM) force has started to take over command in the Complexo da Maré favela communities from the currently stationed national army forces. The handover will happen in stages and should be completed by June 30th, together with the installation of […]

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 […]

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