The operation of cameras attached to uniforms of military police in the state of Rio de Janeiro will begin next Monday (30), the Rio de Janeiro government announced today (28). The start of filming was even scheduled for May 16, but It was postponed at the request of the equipment supplier.
In the first stage, the portable cameras will be attached to the uniform of police officers of the 1st Independent Company of the Military Police (Laranjeiras) and of eight Military Police Battalions (BPM) in the capital: 2nd (Botafogo), 3rd (Méier), 4th (São Cristóvão) ), 6th (Tijuca), 16th (Olaria), 17th (Ilha do Governador), 19th (Copacabana) and 23rd (Leblon).
The beginning of the camera operation will be presented at a ceremony at Praça do Lido, in Copacabana, in which the governor, Claudio Castro, and the secretary of the Military Police, Colonel Luiz Henrique Marinho Pires, must be present. The event is scheduled for 9 am.
The use of cameras in Rio de Janeiro Military Police uniforms is provided for in a law passed by the state’s Legislative Assembly in May of last year. The measure has already been adopted in the state of São Paulo, where the battalions that adopted the system of personal cameras had an 87% reduction in occurrences of confrontation, according to corporation survey.