Police Forces Increased in Rocinha

By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - After a week of increased violence and confrontation between suspected drug trafficking gangs, Rocinha has had its military police (PMs) forces increased with 130 new Shock Battalion officers, now reaching over 300 in total. The favela community, considered the largest in Rio and Brazil, was occupied in November by armed forces without resistance. Officials are hoping not to lose momentum in plans to install UPPs (Police Pacification Units) in the first half . . .

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