Federal government, states and municipalities working together in the fight against crime
Training, patrolling and enhanced border security actions
EIGHT STATES JOIN THE “CRACK, YOU CAN BEAT IT!” PROGRAM
Eight states joined the “Crack, You Can beat it!” (Crack, é possível vencer!) program until June, six months after its inception.
The amounts to be transferred by the Federal Government were defined during technical meetings with the states and total R$ 1.02 billion.
One of the goals of the program is to strengthen proximity policing in the main crack sale and use areas, with the establishment of 70 mobile video surveillance units and 1,400 fixed video surveillance units by 2013.
The purchase of equipment is in the bidding phase and police officers are already being trained to operate them. The first study Module – Community Patrolling has already been implemented in the states of Pernambuco, Alagoas and Rio Grande do Sul, involving 360 officers. The second study Module – Assistance and Care Networks - has been completed in Pernambuco, with 40 officers.
An operation with the National Public Security Force started in Rio de Janeiro in May. Currently 167 officers are working in areas with the highest incidence of drug trafficking.
Crackdown on drug trafficking
By June 2012, the Federal Police had conducted 26 special operations against drug trafficking. 2,238 investigations were opened and 1,677 persons were indicted.
Several training actions are being implemented to allow more effectiveness in the prevention, treatment and social reintegration of users and addicts.
Course on the prevention of drug use for public schools teachers: registrations are open for 70,000 teachers in a course starting in August. The goal is to reach 210,000 teachers by 2014.
Course for health professionals and social workers - System for detecting the use of and addiction to psychoactive substances: 5,000 professionals were trained in the first half of 2012. The goal is to reach 35,000 by 2014.
Training for Law Enforcement Officials: the goal is to reach 45,000 by 2014. A total of 15,000 people have already been trained in 2012.
Course on the prevention of drug use for religious institutions and related movements: 5,000 religious leaders were trained in the first half of 2102. The goal is to reach 35,000 leaders by 2012.
To find out more, please visit http://www.obid. senad.gov.br; http://www.brasil.gov.br/enfrentandoocrack.
THE FIRST YEAR OF THE STRATEGIC BORDER PLAN (PLANO ESTRATÉGICO DE FRONTEIRAS)
The Plan seeks to strengthen the State’s presence in border areas, which cover 16,800 kilometers, involve 11 states and are home to approximately 11 million people, through integrated action in the three spheres of government and in partnership with neighboring countries.
Sentinel Operation (Operação Sentinela)
In this first year, the operation led to the dismantling of 42 transnational criminal organizations, the arrest of 7,500 persons and the seizure of 170 tons of drugs (146 tons of marijuana and 24 tons of cocaine); seven million packets of cigarettes; 83,800 bottles of liquor; 648 firearms; 283,700 pieces of electronic equipment; R$ 2.9 million and US$ 2.7 million in cash. In addition, 1.2 million vehicles were inspected and 2,570 were seized.
Agate Operation (Operação Ágata)
Four operations were carried out in the border region in one year, which mobilized about 26,000 military personnel from the three armed forces and 1,500 civil servants from various agencies.
In each edition the staff had the support of up to 10 ships, 123 smaller vessels, 36 aircraft, 11 helicopters, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and 203 vehicles.
A total of 124,500 vehicles, 165 aircraft and 4,200 vessels were inspected and 284 vessels, 8.2 tons of explosives, 2.4 tons of drugs, 59 firearms and US$ 242,900 from smuggling or embezzlement were seized.
Five illegal loggers were fined, four clandestine airstrips destroyed and 8 mines disabled.
Structuring actions start to be implemented in 2012
A total of 600 new federal police officers will be working on the border this year, at the end of the training course. A new public notice for an additional 600 openings was published in June and these officers should be working at the borders from mid-2013.
Construction works have started in six of the 12 new police stations planned for the border region. Seven other stations will be remodeled. Additionally, 19 boats, more than 11,000 bullet-proof vests, 1,200 vehicles besides aircraft have been purchased for the Amazon region.
Partnership with States and Municipalities is strengthened
To enhance the integrated action at the three spheres of government in the reduction of transnational crimes, R$ 150 million will be provided this year, in addition to the R$ 58 million already available. Resources should strengthen the action of state public security in 185 municipalities of the 11 border states.
The funds will be invested in to structure specialized border units or state highway patrols and units to operate waterways; to strengthen intelligence; to introduce technological border monitoring and control innovations; and to re-equip integrated inspection stations.
FIGHT AGAINST CRIME ADVANCES WITH SINESP
On July 5 the President sanctioned the law creating SINESP – National Information System for Public Security, Prison and Drugs (Sistema Nacional de Informações de Segurança Pública, Prisionais e sobre Drogas). The system aims to assist the formulation, implementation and evaluation of public security policies, through the integrated action of the executive branches of federal, state and Federal District governments, which will provide data and information and may use the results and statistics that will be generated. Municipalities, the Judiciary, the Public Defender’s Office and the Public Prosecutor’s Office may also participate in the system by means of accession. Incentives have been established for states to provide or update their data and information, such as priority in signing agreements with the Federal Government. Those who do not update the system will be subject to suspension of the transfer of voluntary federal resources for public security.
The information to be collected, systematized and provided is of administrative and managerial nature, and the identification of persons involved in criminal activities can not be disclosed.
SINESP will also enable enhancing the capacity of both the Federal Government and states to develop strategies, define policies and establish priorities for action to combat crime based on reliable and timely information, thus optimizing the use of public resources. Transparency and social control of the actions of government agencies related to public security will also be enhanced. The next step for the implementation of SINESP is the agreement between the Federal Government, States and the Federal District on how to record cases as well as on the standards to be adopted and other conditions under which the system will operate.