Confederations Cup Host Cities Receive New Security Equipment
By Dialogo June 19, 2013
The six host cities of the Confederations Cup – Brasília (capital city), Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais state), Fortaleza (Ceará state), Recife (Pernambuco), Rio de Janeiro (Rio de Janeiro), and Salvador (Bahia) – received important reinforcement for the security infrastructure built for the soccer competition.
On June 13 the Mobile Command and Control Integrated Centers (CICCM) – trucks that will work as advanced stations for the joint work of security agents mobilized for the event, were delivered during a ceremony broadcast simultaneously to all capitals, to increase the response capability to incidents or security threats.
President Dilma Rousseff and Minister of Defense Celso Amorim, participated in the event in Brasília and Belo Horizonte, respectively.
The new equipment has been customized with communication systems, video monitoring, and event management systems, such as computers, Wi-Fi hot spots, telephones, and radio devices. There can hold up to 16 working professionalsinside.
The device works in the same manner as the fixed command centers, installed in the host cities, but with the advantage that it may be transported to areas with a large concentration of people.
In Brasília, Dilma Rousseff said that the delivery of the CICCM is a sign that “we will indeed achieve the integration of all public security agencies in our country.” In Belo Horizonte, Minister of Defense Celso Amorim, told the President through video conference,that there is “perfect understanding” between these institutions, including the Armed Forces.
The Navy, Army, and Air Force may work in the centers, if deployed. In addition to a contingent force that is ready to take action whenever a situation surpasses the operational capability of the public security agencies, the Defense takes action in ten pivots, including airspace control, counter terrorism, and cyber defense.
According to Minister Amorim, “this demonstrates that Brazil is capable of taking joint actions whenever there is a large event, where the image of our country is being displayed.”
Next to President Dilma, Minister of Justice José Eduardo Cardozo, recalled the joint $825.4 million investment made on technology by his ministry and the Ministry of Defense. He explained that all police cars and equipment would remain at the service of the population, “to combat crime and organized crime, including on the borders.”
In Belo Horizonte, the delivery was made in the outer area of the Tiradentes Palace –headquarters of Minas Gerais government. Amorim watched the video conference joined by the governor of the state of Minas Gerais, Antonio Anastasia, and the mayor of Belo Horizonte, Marcio Lacerda.
Belo Horizonte and Rio each received three mobile controlled police cars. Brasília, Fortaleza, Recife, and Salvador received two each.
Before interacting with the president via video, Amorim, Anastasia, and Lacerda saw some of the equipment at the capital of Minas Gerais, also available at the other host cities, and they were updated on their functionality. The arsenal includes a less lethal anti-bomb and weaponry kit, aerial imagery, mobile launchers and observational platforms.
Later, the defense minister visited the Command and Control Integrated Centers, currently working in the capital of Minas Gerais, where professionals from many security agencies monitor the soccer teams that will play in the city.
From this structure, which is setup in a temporary location, there is monitoring of images from the cameras installed in the stadiums, as well as the route that the teams will take from the hotel to the game, and the arrival and departure flights.
The Ministry of Defense also announced that the host cities have 20,900 soldiers, 56,300 public security agents and 600 Brazilian Intelligence Agency professionals.