By Liz Nunes
The Ministry of Defense (MD), through the Armed Forces, will deploy 3,700 military personnel to step up the fight against crime along the border and in a specific Guarantee of Law and Order (GLO – Garantia da Lei e da Ordem) operation at the ports of Itaguaí (RJ), Rio de Janeiro and Santos (SP) and at the Tom Jobim (RJ) and Guarulhos (SP) international airports. The GLO is an instrument that grants police power to the military to act in these areas.
According to Decree No. 11.765, of November 1, 2023, signed by the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Ministers of Defense, José Mucio Monteiro, and Justice and Public Security, Flávio Dino, the military will carry out preventive and repressive actions with the aim of strengthening the fight against drug and arms trafficking, as well as other illicit activities. The work will be carried out in conjunction with the public security agencies and will take place from November 6 to May 3, 2024.
The document also provides for the immediate strengthening of crime prevention and repression actions along the border, carried out by the Army and Air Force. The Navy will step up its actions in Guanabara Bay (RJ), Sepetiba Bay (RJ), in the Brazilian area of Lake Itaipu, located in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and Paraná, and in the maritime accesses to the Port of Santos (SP).
The measures will follow the planning and monitoring approved by the Minister of Defense, in conjunction with the Minister of Justice and Public Security. Within 90 days, the two portfolios will present to the President’s Chief of Staff a joint plan for technological modernization that will increase the efficiency of the work of the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police, the Federal Criminal Police and the Armed Forces Commands in ports, airports and borders, respecting their respective competencies.
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