Rio Police

June 12, 2015

Police in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

Police in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

Police in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

 

Police in the streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

Barely back from Costa Rica, where I spent Christmas and the beginning of the year documenting the coffee harvest and family farming, beginning of March I left town again to work in Brazil on several documentary projects over the period of three months.

Visiting Rio de Janeiro for the first time after the World Cup, I was curious whether I would notice any significant changes to the city. The first thing I noticed was the strong police presence in the streets of the so-called Zona Sul, the more touristy neighbourhoods. Having grown up in Brazil during the military dictatorship, I am used to the presence of armed police and security guards. But then ... I could not remember seeing so many police in the streets. In March, at the end of the Brazilian summer, the police seemed to be everywhere. Here a police car parked on a corner, there riding on the horses, on the beach, on bikes ... wherever I looked, I noticed the presence of the Military Police (the police force that patrols the streets). Curious, I went out to meet them and learn more about who they are and how the Military Police are organised ...