Brazilian Navy Improves Security through Operation Upiara

Brazilian Navy Improves Security through Operation Upiara

By Dialogo
December 12, 2014




The Brazilian Navy and law enforcement agents from the states of Pará and Amapá recently joined forces to combat trafficking in persons, drugs, weapons and ammunition, as well as piracy.

They conducted Operation Upiara –an indigenous word that means “that which fights evil” – in Brazilian waters, along the border region at the northern tip of Brazil, from November 10-19. Law enforcement agents from the two states also conducted Operation Unlimited Security from November 10-16.

During Operation Upiara, the 4th Naval District Command boarded 1,616 ships, issued 112 summonses and made 20 arrests for various offenses.

Overall, more than 1,000 troops and 28 federal and state law enforcement agencies performed more than 3,000 actions, including 258 police raids, which included the execution of 12 arrest warrants and six search-and-seizure warrants.

Humanitarian medical and dental assistance


In addition to the law enforcement actions, state and local authorities who participated in the operation helped the civilian population by conducting 1,280 free medical procedures and 1,092 free dental procedures. Officials distributed 23,700 doses of medication, issued 988 identification cards, provided work permits to 402 people, and provided legal guidance and counseling to 229 individuals.

“These numbers paint a picture so that public policy administrators can continue to build finely-tuned partnerships in planning operations to provide police, prosecution and social welfare services,” said Luiz Fernandes Rocha, State Secretary of Public Security and Social Welfare (Segup) for the state of Pará. “As we review these activities, the operation provides a clear perspective on an integrated, federal, and state operation that involved civil society and private initiatives.”

Local and state government officials helped make the operation a success by working in cooperation with naval officials.

The importance of cooperation


“This operation was extraordinarily broad in scope, and it covered only the states of Pará and Amapá,” said Vice Admiral Edilander Santos, commander of the 4th Naval District, during a media conference on December 4 in Belém, the capital city of the state of Pará. “It was an example of cooperation among all groups and at all levels of government, and we are proud to have brought security and the benefits of citizenship to all.”

The arrests, issuance of summonses, and humanitarian medical and dental care provided by the Navy helped a civilian population in need of such assistance.

“These states have common problems that affect each other, and our actions will take place both on land and on waterways. Studies show that the area along the border with French Guiana is very vulnerable to these problems,” said Antônio Farias, a member of the Special Diagnostic and Monitoring Group (GDM) and an officer of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin).

The operation is a true milestone for the region, considering the local population’s need for health care and social support, said Secretary Fernandes Rocha.

A successful operation and a continuing commitment


State and local authorities plan on building on the success of the operation.

“The results far exceeded our expectations, both in terms of police and prosecutorial efforts, and in terms of medical and social assistance,” Fernandez Rocha said. “Before we ever achieved this success, the participating agencies unanimously agreed that the operation should be conducted at least twice a year.”

The Naval personnel who participated in the operation were well received by the communities which “allowed for fantastic synergies that, in the end, impacted the success of the operation.”



The Brazilian Navy and law enforcement agents from the states of Pará and Amapá recently joined forces to combat trafficking in persons, drugs, weapons and ammunition, as well as piracy.

They conducted Operation Upiara –an indigenous word that means “that which fights evil” – in Brazilian waters, along the border region at the northern tip of Brazil, from November 10-19. Law enforcement agents from the two states also conducted Operation Unlimited Security from November 10-16.

During Operation Upiara, the 4th Naval District Command boarded 1,616 ships, issued 112 summonses and made 20 arrests for various offenses.

Overall, more than 1,000 troops and 28 federal and state law enforcement agencies performed more than 3,000 actions, including 258 police raids, which included the execution of 12 arrest warrants and six search-and-seizure warrants.

Humanitarian medical and dental assistance


In addition to the law enforcement actions, state and local authorities who participated in the operation helped the civilian population by conducting 1,280 free medical procedures and 1,092 free dental procedures. Officials distributed 23,700 doses of medication, issued 988 identification cards, provided work permits to 402 people, and provided legal guidance and counseling to 229 individuals.

“These numbers paint a picture so that public policy administrators can continue to build finely-tuned partnerships in planning operations to provide police, prosecution and social welfare services,” said Luiz Fernandes Rocha, State Secretary of Public Security and Social Welfare (Segup) for the state of Pará. “As we review these activities, the operation provides a clear perspective on an integrated, federal, and state operation that involved civil society and private initiatives.”

Local and state government officials helped make the operation a success by working in cooperation with naval officials.

The importance of cooperation


“This operation was extraordinarily broad in scope, and it covered only the states of Pará and Amapá,” said Vice Admiral Edilander Santos, commander of the 4th Naval District, during a media conference on December 4 in Belém, the capital city of the state of Pará. “It was an example of cooperation among all groups and at all levels of government, and we are proud to have brought security and the benefits of citizenship to all.”

The arrests, issuance of summonses, and humanitarian medical and dental care provided by the Navy helped a civilian population in need of such assistance.

“These states have common problems that affect each other, and our actions will take place both on land and on waterways. Studies show that the area along the border with French Guiana is very vulnerable to these problems,” said Antônio Farias, a member of the Special Diagnostic and Monitoring Group (GDM) and an officer of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency (Abin).

The operation is a true milestone for the region, considering the local population’s need for health care and social support, said Secretary Fernandes Rocha.

A successful operation and a continuing commitment


State and local authorities plan on building on the success of the operation.

“The results far exceeded our expectations, both in terms of police and prosecutorial efforts, and in terms of medical and social assistance,” Fernandez Rocha said. “Before we ever achieved this success, the participating agencies unanimously agreed that the operation should be conducted at least twice a year.”

The Naval personnel who participated in the operation were well received by the communities which “allowed for fantastic synergies that, in the end, impacted the success of the operation.”
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I hope the Army continues doing this. This way, crime will be reduced. I love this comment. I think it's very interesting. It's very good. Good news. Great news from Brazil, in Recife. Channels of communication that broadcast news are always important because they bring us information and always keep us informed. Congratulations. Brazil has an army. It doesn't seem like it does! I wonder if funds for the Army were diverted to a political party account or a scandal like the "Mensalão" or "Lava jato"! What's really lacking are budget cuts by the federal government. The work is good and shows results. Congratulations.
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