Rio cops opt for proximity policing, at last


Dream team describes public safety plans for 2015-2018 Pezão gubernatorial mandate 

ggg Military Police Commander General Colonel Alberto Pinheiro Neto, Chief of Staff Colonel Robson Rodrigues da Silva and Rio de Janeiro State Public Safety Secretary, José Mariano Beltrame

If those in charge succeed, the controversial top-down term “pacification”, used here since 2008, may soon fall into disuse. Instead, police said yesterday that they are reaching out to civil society to help them do a better, less violent job of keeping Rio safe. Like many big cities in the world.

This is not the first such attempt. In the early years of pacification (with Colonel Robson Rodrigues in the post of UPP commander from 2010 to 2011), the program was described as proximity policing (which actually dated back to other pilot programs). But he and other like-minded police officials were sidelined, and priority was given to reaching the stated goal of 40 pacification units in…

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