POSTED: February 4th 2010

Rio Games safety strategy incorporates bonus system for 2016 officers

Carlos Nuzman: pledge to the IOC / lake images
Carlos Nuzman: pledge to the IOC / lake images

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 04: Brazil’s government has underlined its commitment to ‘samba security’ at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games by doubling pay for willing police and security officers.

One of the greatest concerns raised abroad about Brazil’s capacity to host both events has been the security risk both to visitors and to the competitions.

National Olympic president Carlos Nuzman - who was also host bid leader - had promised the International Olympic Committee in Copenhagen last autumn that this issue was being addressed. Now President Lula (Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva) has supported those words with actions by signing into law a decree providing for a bonus payment to public security officials who will serve during both events.

To receive the grants, the police officers must attend at least one course per year offered through the National Network for Advanced Studies in Public Security, which involves 66 institutions of higher education. The courses are free of charge and focus on issues such as community policing, human rights, progressive use of force, techniques for non-lethal weapons and crisis management.

Minister of Justice Tarso Genro said the grants represented a structural change in the remuneration of public security servants in the country.

He added: “The most important investment is in personnel, in the men and women who work at the very end. This strategy translates into more qualified training as well as better pay—a fundamental aim of our programme for the World Cup and the Olympics.”

Genro said the World Cup payments would begin in July 2010, directed to those host city police officers and firefighters who would be directly involved in security operations. The value range from $295 in 2010 to $534 in 2014. The Olympic Grant will be a flat-rate $640 for all civil and military police officers, firefighters, and municipal guards in Rio de Janeiro.

Keywords · 2016 Olympic Games · Rio de Janeiro · Nuzman · President Lula

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