HomeNewsBriefRio to Send Police into Favela Next to Olympic Stadium
BRIEF

Rio to Send Police into Favela Next to Olympic Stadium

BRAZIL / 28 OCT 2011 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

Brazil's community police program will deploy a new unit to the Rio de Janeiro shantytown closest to the city's sports stadium, ahead of the upcoming World Cup and Olympics.

On November 3, some 403 agents will arrive in the favela, Governor Sergio Cabral announced Thursday.

The operation is part of Brazil's community policing program, in which Pacifying Police Units (Unidade de Policia Pacificadora - UPP) are sent into troubled favelas. The program is meant to bring a permanent police presence to many Rio neighborhoods that previously lacked one.

The Manguiera favela sits on a hill adjacent to the Maracana sports stadium, and was one of the first shantytowns to receive a UPP in June 2009. In order to improve city security in time for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil authorities have prioritized securing areas like Manguiera which are closest to Rio's sports facilities.

Manguiera is known to have sheltered one of Brazil's most wanted drug traffickers.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Tags

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

BRAZIL / 9 JAN 2012

Peruvian groups carry out illegal logging in Brazil before transporting the wood along tributaries of the Amazon into Peru, unhindered…

BRAZIL / 16 MAR 2017

Hundreds of new corruption investigations could stem from testimony provided by executives of Brazil's biggest construction firm, media reports suggest,…

BRAZIL / 22 AUG 2017

A new investigation into the cigarette smuggling trail between Paraguay and Brazil lays out the inner workings of a criminal…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution Met With Uproar

6 MAY 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime launched its latest investigation, Venezuela’s Cocaine Revolution¸ accompanied by a virtual panel on its findings. The takeaways from this three-year effort, including the fact that Venezuela…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela Drug Trafficking Investigation and InDepth Gender Coverage

29 APR 2022

On May 4, InSight Crime will be publishing The Cocaine Revolution in Venezuela, a groundbreaking investigation into how the Venezuelan government regulates the cocaine trade in the country. An accompanying event,…

THE ORGANIZATION

InDepth Coverage of Juan Orlando Hernández

22 APR 2022

Ever since Juan Orlando Hernández was elected president of Honduras in 2014, InSight Crime has provided coverage of every twist and turn during his rollercoaster time in office, amid growing…

THE ORGANIZATION

Venezuela's Cocaine Revolution

15 APR 2022

On May 4th, InSight Crime will publish a groundbreaking investigation on drug trafficking in Venezuela. A product of three years of field research across the country, the study uncovers cocaine production in…

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Widespread Coverage of InSight Crime MS13 Investigation

8 APR 2022

In a joint investigation with La Prensa Gráfica, InSight Crime recently revealed that four of the MS13’s foremost leaders had been quietly released from…