Police officers from around the country will be stepping in after contractor failed to hire enough staff
Brazilian soldiers stand guard outside the Rio Olympic Park. The government said police from across the country will be stepping in to provide security screening for the Games after a private contractor failed to hire enough staff. ENLARGE
Photo: Pilar Olivares/Reuters
By Will Connors
Updated July 29, 2016 2:44 p.m. ET
RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazilian police will take over security screening outside Olympic venues after the private firm contracted to do the job failed to hire enough staff in time for the Games, which begin in a week, according to Brazil’s Ministry of Justice.
Police officers from around the country will be stepping in to handle the screening, which includes operating X-ray machines and patting down visitors for weapons and other contraband.
The last-minute change is likely to add to security concerns amid global fears of terrorism as hundreds of thousands of athletes and tourists descend on Rio for the Games. Continue reading