Rio 2016 strengthens ties with State Public Security Institutions


Rio 2016 strengthens ties with State Public Security Institutions
Rio de Janeiro Security Secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, Military Police Commander
and Head of the Civil Police met Organising Committee’s leadership
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: 11 April, 2013: The State of Rio de Janeiro Public Security Secretary, José Mariano Beltrame, the Head of the Civil Police, Martha Rocha, and the Military Police Commander –General, Colonel Erir Ribeiro Costa Filho, met with senior members of the Organising Committee for the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games including CEO Sidney Levy in order to further strengthen institutional ties among the parties.
Beltrame and the other public security government agents were introduced to Committee members at the new Rio 2016™ and Municipal Olympic Company (EOM in Portuguese) headquarters in Cidade Nova, Rio de Janeiro, and were pleased with the progress made during the talks.
“They were here in order to get to know the Organising Committee’s new headquarters and to make strategic adjustments to the operational planning. 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 communication and a full understanding of the Games demands”, summarised Luis Fernando Corrêa, Rio 2016™ Security Director, who hosted the visitors.
Police Chief Martha Rocha, the first woman to hold this position, praised the meeting. “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”, said Martha who also highlighted: “All the work done here is planned. We have the opportunity to test and therefore reduce risks during completion.”
Integrated Security Plans
The Games Security Plan is an Integrated Action Plan, coordinated by the three government levels (Federal, State and Municipal). According to Beltrame, this integration exercise will be one of the Olympic Games greatest legacies, not only to Rio de Janeiro but to the whole country.
“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,” said Beltrame, 55 years old and from the State of Rio Grande do Sul. “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 2016 Organising Committee fully supports the Rio de Janeiro State Government’s public security policy, which has brought significant and continuous improvements to public safety and security in Rio de Janeiro since it implementation began ahead of the 2007 Pan American Games.
The Rio de Janeiro Public Security Plan has two priorities: the Pacifying Police Units (UPPs in Portuguese), for the favelas, and the Public Security Integrated Regions for the rest of the city. The first UPP was officially created in 2008, in Dona Marta favela, located in the Botafogo neighbourhood. The UPP programme has set 207 communities free from drug trafficking control and benefitted one million people, since 2008. By 2014, there will be 40 UPPs in operation, according to the State Government.
Importantly, the UPPs are well supported by the population, recent research shows that 93% of residents from UPP pacified areas approve the project* and 98% of visitors that went to a pacified favela thought it was a positive experience** (*Brazilian Institute of Social Research/**Survey by NBS advertising agency).
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“These two priorities make the drop in criminality levels ever more solid. People are starting to realise this but, I believe now they specifically see a public security concept.  We’ve been obtaining very encouraging results”, said Beltrame.
Crime has decreased steadily in Rio and homicides reached a 21-year low in 2012. Street robbery was also at its lowest point last year since 2006 and tourist robbery was down 16 per cent in January 2013 compared to the same period last year. The introduction of 392 CCTV cameras across the city have helped, and another 58 will be installed in the metropolitan region. Also, since 2009, a zero-tolerance programme on drink driving has been enforced, reducing the number of deaths in traffic accidents by 32 per cent (State Government).
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Residents of Rio de Janeiro, known as ´Cariocas´, and visitors have been experiencing an increased sense of security overall, according to the most recent research. According to polls conducted, 74% of the population feel safer today than in 2008* and 83% of Rio’s population is favourable to the public security plan* (surveys by *NBS advertising agency and *Veja magazine). During the Rio+20 conference on sustainability in 2012, 72% of the international visitors assessed security in Rio as good or very good overall (Embratur - Brazilian Tourism Board).
The pursuit for security excellence before, during and after the Olympic and Paralympic Games is the public bodies’ commitment. The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee actively participates in its planning, which will be carried out by the three government bodies and is considered fundamental so that everyone involved in the event will have a safe, comfortable and ultimately unforgettable experience.
“Events such as the Olympic Games bring great changes to a city’s daily routine. We need to be an easy partner and not a burden. It’s important to emphasize that the relations between the parties couldn’t be better. They are based on mutual respect”, said Luiz Fernando Corrêa, Rio 2016™ Security Director.
The Rio 2016TM Organising Committee will continue to work in close partnership with the federal, state and city governments to develop the security plans and ensure that the 2016 Games and the test events preceding them take place in a very safe and enjoyable atmosphere for everyone involved.
Notes to editors:
About the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is a private not-for-profit sports organisation established by Brazilian Olympic Confederations, the Brazilian Olympic Committee and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. Its mission is to promote, organise and deliver the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games, in accordance with the guidelines laid out by the Host City Contract, the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the World Anti-Doping Agency, and under the Brazilian Law, the Olympic Charter and the IPC Handbook.
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the Rio 2016™ Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
The Rio 2016™ Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has five tier one partners (official sponsors) – Bradesco, Bradesco Seguros, Claro, Embratel and Nissan. There is one tier two supporter – Ernst & Young Terco.