Security during the World Cup: integrated work by 177 thousand people

15/07/2014 - 16:12
Over R$ 1 billion were invested in equipment in host cities

Integrated work by the different government spheres, technology and rapid decision making. This is how the Minister of Justice José Eduardo Cardozo described the work done in the area of public security during the World Cup. The work involved 116.5 thousand law enforcement agents. The number of personnel deployed reaches 177 thousand when considering resources from the defence and intelligence sectors. The information was publicised by the federal government at a press conference held this Monday (14.07).

National integration started to take place with the setting up of the Extraordinary Secretariat for the Security of Big Events of the Ministry of Justice (SESGE). Fifteen Integrated Command and Control Centres (CICCs) were set up: 12 regional centres, one in each World Cup host city, two national centres, one in Brasilia and another in Rio de Janeiro and an International Police Cooperation Centre. The centres operated 24/7 during the World Cup.

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Investments in equipment reached R$ 1.113 billion. According to Cardozo, R$ 900 million from this total were allocated to stadiums and the rest to the security forces. The minister stated that the federal government saved 43% in the procurement of the centres. “It was a reduction achieved through the public bidding process we put together. We used this money to buy more equipment”, explained the minister.

In addition, states were given 27 Mobile Command and Control Centres (trucks equipped for monitoring activities), 12 aerial imaging devices (installed on helicopters, able to record and transmit images in real time to and from the control centres), bomb robots and 36 elevated observation decks (with 12 high resolution cameras able to record, treat and transmit images).

Four critical areas guided the federal government’s public security actions:  planning, integrated management, intelligence and investment. The first stage started in August 2011, three years and ten months before the beginning of the World Cup. “We were completely certain that we could offer a plan that enabled us to show the world that we are able of having a good public security standard", stated the minister.

For Cardozo, the challenge is to give continuity to the standard achieved, which broke away from a culture of working in isolation inherent to public security bodies. The integrated work was also a success in the opinion of the Minister of Defence Celso Amorim. “We managed to get the armed forces to operate jointly amongst themselves and with other bodies, with a common objective”, he stated.

Read more about the figures for the security, defence and intelligence areas

Public Security Personnel (Fire Brigade, Municipal Guard/Traffic Office, Civil Police, Military Police, Federal Police and Federal Traffic Police): 116,579
Armed Forces Personnel: 59,523
Intelligence Personnel: 900
Integrated escort operations between public security and defence bodies (athletes taken to anti-doping tests, referees, heads of state, sport delegations, etc.): 2,510
Vehicles inspected by the Federal Traffic Police in World Cup related operations: 1,007,109
Authorities protected (heads of state, first ladies, UN Secretary-General): 50
Stewards (security at World Cup stadiums) overseen and authorised: 41,471
Individuals through passport control: 846,699
Foreign nationals not allowed into the country: 266
Ticket touts detained: 271
Background checks for people accredited for the event: 450 thousand
Risk assessments (cities, hotels, stadiums, team base camps, level of risk at matches, delegations, etc.): 916

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