Committee met to discuss actions and boost activities
By First Lieutenant (T) Taise Oliveira – Rio de Janeiro, RJ
With the start of the Law and Order Assurance Operation, GLO, on Monday (6), the Brazilian Navy coordinated a meeting with the institutions working to combat drug trafficking, weapons and other illegal activities. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the adoption of measures that would have positive results for society, without impacting on the functioning of the Ports’ regular activities.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police, the Special Federal Revenue Secretariat, the National Water Transport Agency, Portos Rio, the State Commission for Public Safety in Ports, Terminals and Waterways, Petrobras and Multiterminais. During the meeting, cooperation issues were discussed that enhance the capabilities of the actors involved and mitigate possible limitations.
According to the Task Force Commander, Vice Admiral (FN) Renato Rangel Ferreira, this operation has a complex structure, with a strong interagency character. “All the participating actors are committed to ensuring that this operation takes place efficiently, reconciling interests and joining forces. Although all the resources and military personnel deployed will draw society’s attention, all those involved are committed to increasing society’s security, with the least possible impact on the regular operations of ports and access routes,” explained the Admiral.
For the CEO of Portos Rio, Francisco Martins, the actions of the GLO do Mar cooperate with the Port’s activities, favoring the movement of cargo. “For us, all the mobilization resulting from the GLO is considered a new milestone in port security. We’re going to make every effort, because it will have an impact on competitiveness and increased cargo handling.”
GLO at SEA
Based on Decree 11.765, of November 1, signed by the President of the Republic, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the military of the Armed Forces carry out preventive and repressive actions in ports and airports, in conjunction with Public Security agencies. The GLO gives the military police power to act in these areas.
The MB operates in the ports of Itaguaí (RJ), Rio de Janeiro (RJ) and Santos (SP), as well as in Guanabara Bay (RJ), Sepetiba Bay (RJ) and the maritime accesses to the Port of Santos (SP). 1,900 military personnel are deployed in these areas. The Force also uses 120 assets, including patrol ships, boats, Amphibious Caterpillar Trucks, “Piranha” armored vehicles and Light Armored Wheeled Vehicles (JLTV).
Called “Lais de Guia”, the MB operation refers to one of the best known and most used knots, because it is so useful and reliable. The name symbolizes unity, representing the articulation and joint work that will be carried out between the Armed Forces and other Public Security bodies.