This Friday (23.05), the Ministers of Defence Celso Amorim and of Justice José Eduardo Cardozo provided details of the security operational plan for the World Cup in a press conference. In total, 157 thousand agents from the armed forces and law enforcement agencies will work in an integrated manner in command and control centres in the 12 host cities.
The two ministers were unanimous in pointing out that the integration between the country's security agencies will be the main legacy from the preparation work done. “We’re certain that all the structure related effort will pay off, not only in a historic performance in public security terms for the World Cup, but also as a legacy for the country, as for the first time, we'll have the opportunity to engage in wide reaching integration", stated Cardozo.
The Minister of Justice also provided details of equipment that is being procured and transferred to states, like the regional command and control centres, elevated observation decks, aerial imaging devices, mobile command units, among others. “Each World Cup host city will have a command and control centre with cutting edge equipment and systems so that everything may be followed up fully and in real time.
» National Integrated Command and Control Centre will coordinate security actions during the World Cup
The armed forces are acting in ten areas, including air space control, as well as maritime and cyber defence, in addition to explosive related inspections. A national command centre will be used, in addition to 12 Air Defence Coordination Offices. Twenty-four supertucano airplanes will be used, as well as ten F5s, three radar planes, eleven helicopters and twenty-nine operational and logistic support aircrafts.
Furthermore, four frigates, a corvette, twenty-one patrol boats, twelve landing craft and 183 speed boats will be used. In total, 57 thousand armed forces personnel will be deployed, 35 thousand from the army, 13 thousand from the navy and 9 thousand from the air force. Another 100 thousand law enforcement agents will also be deployed, including federal, state and municipal police officers.
Cardozo stated that the security forces are ready to deal with anything and recalled that during the Confederations Cup, despite protests, no match was affected. He also stated that people have a right to protest democratically, as long as there are no violations.
Celso Amorim pointed out that using the armed forces in security related actions in the event does not damage the country’s image abroad, which is one of a democracy with freedom of expression. “Our idea is to provide security for the World Cup and thus, will take place in a very calm manner. Using the armed forces is supposed to be a deterrent, as the best battle is the one that does not need to be fought", he concluded.
Experience in big events
The country’s large experiencing in playing host to authorities was praised by the Minister of Defence, like the Rio +20 Conference, which had the attendance of approximately 100 heads of state. “The armed forces and law enforcement agencies will work at hotels and similar venues. The air force will be involved in the arrival of authorities, as when possible this will take place in air bases, with the full protection of the Brazilian Air Force. And even if they arrive in civilian airports, security will be ensured in coordination with the other agencies", he added.
For the ministers, the R$ 1.9 billion invested in security for the World Cup will also have positive impacts in the reduction of crime. Cardozo stated that police action will improve as a result of integration, at the level of prevention and law enforcement itself. Another positive point will be the procurement of equipment. For instance, Celso Amorim mentioned the involved of the armed forces in the Ágata operation, which seized drugs.