By Nicole Froio, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The new Police Pacifying Units (UPPs) commander Colonel Paulo Henrique Azevedo has announce his first order of business. He plans to decentralize the power of the existing 28 UPPs by opening eight regional coordination offices that will provide local leadership for each different community.

Colonel Azevedo also announced that the police training will be intensified and that a judicial force (Delegacia de Polícia Judiciária Militar, or DPJM) will be installed in already existing UPPs.

He declared these changes to the pacifying program on Wednesday, December 19th, in the midst . . .

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