Brazil to Double Border Police Surveillance

By Dialogo
December 06, 2012

Brazil plans to double its border police presence by 2014 to control weapons and drug trafficking associated with the violence affecting most Brazilian states, Minister of Justice José Eduardo Cardozo said on December 4.

“By 2014, we will double border personnel of both the Federal Police and State Troopers,” Cardozo added before the House of Representatives.

The minister did not specify the number of troops that will patrol the 16,000 km border shared by Brazil with 10 countries. By the end of August, 3,500 police officers – 1,000 more than a year ago – cooperated in counterdrug border control and surveillance, according to the Federal Police.

“It would be impossible to have an impregnable border, but we will have a more controlled border,” Cardozo indicated.

Last year, Dilma Rousseff’s government launched a counterdrug trafficking plan on the borders, including joint action with Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The strategy, involving the permanent mobilization of Military troops, seeks to prevent the entry of drug smuggling from Bolivia, Peru and Colombia, the main producers of cocaine worldwide.

Due to drug and weapons smuggling activities, Brazil is facing an increase in violence linked to crack trafficking, a low-cost cocaine, of which consumption has peaked enormously in the past years.

“No state falls within the acceptable standard of violence. All Brazilian states are over the line. The federal government has developed programs to address these problems,” Cardozo said.