RIO DE JANEIRO – The government of Rio de Janeiro announced on Monday that it will add 3,503 police officers to its force of 10,414 to guarantee security at the Olympic Games, an increase of 33 percent.
The Militarized Police suspended all vacations and special leave and will deploy officers to patrol Rio’s streets who normally would be assigned to desk jobs, police commander Col. Edison Duarte said at a press conference.
Of the new officers, 634 will reinforce the police stations tasked with patrolling the shantytowns, or “favelas,” that have been declared “pacified” after authorities expelled the bands of drug traffickers that had previously dominated them.
With the new officers, the security forces to be deployed for the Games will number some 55,000 from assorted security forces, including 22,000 soldiers.
Despite the fact that the city has been militarized in preparation for the Games, last weekend there were a number of assaults on motorists in the Rebouças tunnel, one of the city’s main transport routes.