Rio’s ‘Presente’ Security Operation Announces Over 12,000 Arrests

The security operation was first launched in Lapa in January 2014, and expanded to cover the neighborhoods of Lagoa, Flamengo, Méier and Centro.

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Earlier this week the state government of Rio announced that its ongoing ‘Operação Segurança Presente’ (Security Today) program is a continuing success, with over 12,000 arrests and counting in the neighborhoods it operates.

The security operation, which now involves over 1,000 officers, was first launched in Lapa in January 2014, as a way of deterring petty crime around the popular neighborhood . . .

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