Brazil Police Union Critical of Rio Olympic Games Security Plan

Brazil’s federal police union on Wednesday criticized the security plan for next month’s Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro, citing flaws that could threaten the safety of tourists and spectators.

The head of the union, Luis Boudens, went public with his concerns ahead of the Aug. 5 opening ceremony in a report to Justice Minister Alexandre De Moraes. According to Boudens, the company selected by the Games’ organizing committee to be in charge of security screening isn’t registered with federal police, and so shouldn’t be allowed to participate, and only three airports in Brazil have proper screening systems in place.

Artel Recursos Humanos, a temporary job placement and training company that won the contract for screening at the Olympics, didn’t immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment. Telephone messages left at the press office for the federal police seeking comment weren’t immediately returned.

Brazil’s government is conducting almost daily meetings to address safety concern relating to street crime and potential terrorist threats. Amid mounting global tensions following a wave of terror attacks in France and Germany, Brazilian federal police last week detained 12 people who were allegedly plotting terrorist attacks.

Amid Brazil’s worst recession in a century and severe budget constraints, only the international airports in Brasilia, Rio and Sao Paulo are equipped with finger-print scanners capable of real-time communication with Interpol’s criminal and terrorist databases, according to Boudens.

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