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Security personnel increased for Games in Rio

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08-02-2016 13:08 BJT

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In Brazil, the heavy security presence on the streets and beaches of Rio de Janeiro is apparent as the militay police in the Olympic host city has stepped up security to try and bring a greater sense of ease among competitors and visitors. 

Close to 14,000 officers from Rio

Close to 14,000 officers from Rio's state military police force will be on duty each day, working in conjunction with federal forces from the Justice and Defense ministries, and the Brazilian intelligence agency.

Brazilian authorites have also been working with several countries, including France and the United States, to improve security and deal with the potential threat of terrorism.

Close to 14,000 officers from Rio’s state military police force will be on duty each day, working in conjunction with federal forces from the justice and defense ministries, and the Brazilian intelligence agency. 

The most visible problem in Rio is street crime, with frequent incidents in high-profile tourist spots like Copacabana and Ipanema beaches. As well as a strong police presence, Navy vessels are patrolling waters around Copacabana and Guanabara Bay, where thousands of tourists are expected in the coming weeks.

Security has also been increased around the Olympic Village with armed soldiers guarding the compound. More than 80,000 police officers and soldiers will patrol the streets of Rio for the duration of the Games.

“We are reinforcing the Police Unit with 634 officers. Our objective is bring more peace to these controlled areas, especially to those next to the competitions or where there will be a lot of tourists,” said Colonel Claudio Lima Freire, Rio Military Police.

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