Rio State Announces New Police Unit to Fight Arms Trafficking

According to official data between January 2016 and the first week of 2017 the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs) seized 256 weapons in the state.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The new Secretary of Public Security of Rio de Janeiro, Roberto Sá, announced on Monday, January 9th, that the state is creating a specialized police force to combat the trafficking of guns in the state. The unit will be called the Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (Disarmament) Unit.

"We are in a state that has seized at least twenty firearms a day for fifteen years. This is not trivial. Unfortunately, we have a very violent and heavily armed society," said the secretary.

According to Rio’s Police Chief, Carlos Leba, the . . .

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