Rio de Janeiro is the place for this year Olympics, on last Monday Military Police General Commander Edison Duarte said, ‘the state of Rio de Janeiro will use nearly 14,000 security officers, about a third more than previously organized, During the coming Olympic and Paralympic Games’.
Authorities prepare to deploy more officers to the Barra da Tijuca area. The neighbourhood where the Athletes Village, Olympic Park, and most of the Olympic sporting arenas are settled.
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The contingent will be part of the 85 thousand security officers that have been stationed in the city. In addition to Rio’s state police, members of the Brazilian navy, Armed Forces and out of state police will be on patrol everywhere the city.
Duarte also stated more than 3,000 carriers would be used for policing during the Games, as well as three blimps spread everywhere the city that will transfer high-resolution images in real time.
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The recent security increase news comes as the Olympics are all set to begin Friday. Though the Games are just days away, many bother that Rio isn’t safe or able enough to strongly host the quadrennial competition.
NYU professor and former NBA executive David Kahn told CNN, The security expenses are rising much quicker than the interest that’s coming in from TV and tickets, This has been by far the commonest, most sorrowful runup to any Olympics we’ve had in modern time.’
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Olympics chief Thomas Bach has said that he has full trust in Rio to maintain security.
The Brazilian Ministry of Justice lately dismissed the security company it contracted to secure entrances and monitor X-ray machines at Olympic venues. Mounting cares about water pollution in Rio, It said the country’s National Security Forces would take over the work. The company was selected on July 1 to provide a 3,400 staff but selected only 500 workers.
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One man used to run the machines told CNN his own concerns about the recruitment method. He said he was not asked to provide proof he had any criminal record and that he and other operators had only to perform a brief online course in order to be deemed qualified.
‘The training course was very fast, there should have been more to it,’ answered the man who asked not to be named as he still wanted to work for the contractor, though he complained he didn’t have an individual schedule and had not been paid costs.
Brazil is also dealing with financial and political pressures and concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, among other matters.