Fifty police officers from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo were recently trained in crowd control strategies, the use of force, and more by the FBI. The upcoming FIFA World Cup was the driving force behind organizing the five-day workshop. Other topics addressed include decision making, interacting with media, and use of intelligence in identifying acts of vandalism.
The month long tournament will likely see the same types of protests which took place at last year’s Confederations Cup. Demonstrators asserted that money going toward the World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro should instead be spent on public services.
The public safety office in Sao Paulo state will monitor the area around Arena Corinthians around the clock starting June 10. Six matches will be played at the Sao Paulo venue, including the opening competition between Brazil and Croatia.
“We have four important areas here, one of security and defense, one of civil defense and firefighters, one of agencies, and one of mobility and traffic,” said state governor Geraldo Alckmin.
In related news Brazil's ministers of Defense and Justice, Celso Amorim and Jose Eduardo Cardozo announced the federal government's security plans for the coming world event when an estimated 600.000 foreign tourists are expected.
The plan includes the deployment of 100.000 police officers and 57.000 members of the armed forces in the twelve cities hosting Cup matches.
Amorim said that the recurring protests in Brazil during last year's Confederation Cup did not force the cancelling or delay of any match, and added that this time authorities will not be surprised and 'are prepared' for any excesses.
Likewise Amorim insisted that the image of Brazil is that of a vibrant democracy in which citizens can freely express and demonstrate.
Minister Cardozo said that ”we can't accept abuses or violence, be it from demonstrators or from law enforcement officers. He admitted that during last year's massive turnouts some forces did effectively commit excesses which were condemned by human rights organizations.