Rio’s Allocation in Security Investment Drops to Near Zero

In 2017, Rio de Janeiro spent R$9.9 billion on public security, with 83 percent of that amount devoted to personnel while only 0.14 percent was allocated toward investment.

By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - According to new data released from the Rio de Janeiro state government's online portal and compiled by Globo news, in 2017, Rio de Janeiro state spent R$9.9 billion on security, with only 0.14 percent of that amount, approximately R$13.4 million, devoted to public security investment (vehicles, weapons, equipment, computers), the lowest percentage recorded in the last ten years.

The majority of the state's security expenses in 2017 were devoted to staff payroll, which consumed about R$8.2 billion, or 83 percent . . .

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