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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