Brazil´s Congress Considers Reducing Governors’ Power Over State and Civil Police

The new model is advocated by government allies as President Jair Bolsonaro hardens the public safety discourse. According to experts, governors could become "hostage" to commanders.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Congress is preparing to vote on two Civil and State Police framework bills that limit the power of governors over the police forces of states and the Federal District.

The bills introduce changes in the police structure, such as the creation of the rank of general, currently exclusive to the Armed Forces, for State Police (PM) officers, and the formation of a National Civil Police Council linked to the federal government. [State Police wear uniforms and have military ranks, where the highest is "colonel". The Civil Police perform all criminal investigations, and are headed by detectives . . .

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