POSTED: April 14th 2013

Rio de Janeiro State Public Security Institutions meet with Organising Committee

Iconic Copacabana Beach in host city Rio / Rio 2016
Iconic Copacabana Beach in host city Rio / Rio 2016

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Senior members of the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, including CEO Sidney Levy, met with Jose Mariano Beltrame, The State of Rio de Janeiro Public Security Secretary, Martha Rocha, Head of Civil Police, and Colonel Erir Ribeiro Costa Filho, Military Police Commander-General, to strengthen relations between the parties.

The new Rio 2016 and Municipal Olympic Company headquarters in Cidade Nova hosted the Committee members and public security government agents.

“There were here in order to get to know the Organising Committee’s new headquarters and to make strategic adjustments to the operational planning,” Rio 2016 Security Director Luis Fernando Correa, who hosted the visitors, said. “It was an important visit, aimed at optimising the institutional relations between Rio 2016 and all the State Public Security Institutions, with the aim of establishing efficient channels of communications and a full understanding of the Games demands.”

“It was a nice opportunity to get to know the Committee’s new headquarters as well as to understand the need to have a Civil Police member inside the Committee from the start,” Rocha said. “All the work done here is planned. We have the opportunity to test and therefore reduce risks during completion.”

The three government levels – Federal, State, and Municipal – coordinated the Games Security Plan, an Integrated Action Plan.

“The city’s security planning is aimed at more than just the big events like the World Cup and Rio 2016 Games, it is aimed at serving the citizens,” Beltrame said. “I believe that the integration exercise shared by the three government levels and the population, will be the great legacy of the 2016 Olympic Games.”

The Rio de Janeiro State Government’s public security policy has brought improvements to public safety and security in Rio de Janeiro since the implementation began prior to the 2007 Pan American Games.

Pacifying Police Units for the favelas and the Public Security Integrated Regions for the rest of the city make up the Plan’s priorities. The Pacifying Police Units, established in 2008, has set 207 communities free from drug trafficking control and benefitted one million people. There will be 40 Pacifying Police Units in operation by 2014.

“These two priorities make the drop in criminality levels ever more solid,” Beltrame said. “People are starting to realise this but, I believe now they specifically see a public security concept. We’ve been obtaining very encouraging results.”

The crime rate has decreased and homicides reaches a 21-year low in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, while street robbery was at its lowest point since 2006 and tourist robbery was down 16 percent in January, compared to the same period last year. CCTV cameras installed across the city have helped and another 58 will be placed in the metropolitan region. A zero-tolerance drunk driving programme has been in effect since 2009, which has reduced the number of deaths in traffic accidents by 32 percent, according to the State Government.

Cariocas and visitors have experienced an increase sense of security; 74 percent of the population feel safer now than in 2008and 83 percent of Rio’s population is favourable to the public security plan, according to polls conducted by NBS advertising agency and Veja magazine.

“Events such as the Olympic Games bring great changes to a city’s daily routine,” Correa said. “We need to be an easy partner and not a burden. It’s important to emphasise that the relations between the parties couldn’t be better. They are based on mutual respect.”

Keywords · Rio 2016 · Organizing committee · Jose Mariano Beltrame · Martha Rocha

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