Met with the head of UPP Social, the branch of the pacifistic police who are responsible for social initiatives within the pacified communities.  He admits that there have been some teething problems with the community policing initiatives, but that say that UPP is a viable and real solution to Rio de Janeiro’s problems.
The problem of militia groups, who now control as are in the control of the drugs trafficking factions, is known and recognised, he said but we need to start somewhere.  UPP is just the beginning, he reckons, of finding a solution for Brasil’s many deeply ingrained problems, The authorities cannot take on everything at the same time.
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