Private Brazilian company in charge of stadium security during World Cup

BBC Monitoring Latin America – Political
Supplied by BBC Worldwide Monitoring

September 6, 2012 Thursday

Private Brazilian company in charge of stadium security during World Cup

Text of report by prominent, pro-government Brazilian newspaper Correio Braziliense website on 4 September

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Private company will be responsible for internal security in the stadiums and will generate more than 50,000 jobs. Federal government assumes control for external areas and provides for an investment of 1.17 billion reais (R)

From next year, Brazil will try out a new security model for the Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup. Security for the stadium interiors, and a perimeter to be delimited by [the international soccer body] FIFA, will be in hands of a private security company. Under this system, public defense forces will only intervene in cases of serious turmoil or to ensure the maintenance of public order. The outsourcing of security has been adopted in England. The plan is for more than 50,000 professionals (called stewards) to be hired to guard the stadia and training camps in the 12 host cities, as well as the movements of the teams and the officials.

According to the document published in the Official Gazette, military and ordinary police forces will be responsible for controlling the areas outside the stadiums, the surrounding streets, the airports, ports, roads and avenues of the host cities and the surrounding municipalities, which will be tourist destinations and places where the visiting delegations will stay and train.

A total of R1.17 billion will be invested in public security by 2014 to fulfill the plan. The funds will be invested, for example, in the purchase of mobile and portable scanners used by the internal revenue service to combat the transport of illicit materials, and in unmanned aerial vehicles, which will provide images for the protection of borders.

It is expected that R714 million of this total amount will be released later this year. The entire process for the allocation of the funding will be coordinated by the Ministry of Justice’s Special Secretariat for Security at Major Events (SESGE/MJ). The department was created in August of last year to plan the public security measures for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup. The institution brings together officials from all the federal and state security organs, and is seeking to ensure a nationwide integrated effort. According to the document published in the Official Gazette, this is the biggest difficulty right now.

“This great commission, divided into 15 thematic areas, is writing the operational plan that will be implemented at the World Cup in each host city. Everything is going in accordance with the timetable, and this plan will soon be ready. We will then begin the simulation and training needed to fulfill the plan,” said Secretary Valdinho Caetano during the last meeting of the states, which was held in Brasilia.

The teams will have to work together – as they do at Carnival, New Year’s Eve, Rock in Rio and the Summer Festival – in integrated command and cooperation units with a full set of technology that will be set up and installed at the competition sites. Some will be mobile. All the infrastructure which is set up will be a legacy for Brazil. An interconnected system of the states’ databases will also be included in this integrated set up, as they do not currently communicate with each other. At the present time, only the Federal Police have access to the Interpol 124/7 system, which is capable of centralizing information about criminals from 188 countries. The database will be consulted by the Foreign Ministry before visas are issued.

Register of fans

The security concept for the Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup also provides for streamlining the registration of Brazilian fans. The SESGE/MJ measures are similar to those used in the English model, which gathers information sent by other countries on the so-called hooligans. Nevertheless, the focus of this work will be on the areas outside the stadium, where they carry out their activities. The expectation is that the internal TV systems and the identification of the occupants of t he seats in the stadium will diminish the activities of rioters or troublemakers. In combating violence in the host cities – which includes piracy and sex tourism – the existing programs such as Citizen Security will only be strengthened.


For the London Olympic Games, the British government contracted – at an approximate cost of R727 million – the company G4S to provide security at the venues. However, approximately two weeks before the opening, the firm admitted that it would be unable to deliver the service, which generated a major crisis because they would have needed to provide 13,000 guards and only had 4,000. The government was therefore forced to put the Army on the streets to take care of security.

Public jobs

The SESGE/MJ also states in the Official Gazette that “it will be necessary for a substantial increase of human resources to carry out the mission,” which will have an impact on the provision of daily service and also create jobs in the public sector.

Sergio Graca – Coordinator of the Brasilia 2014 Committee – comments:

“You have to give the fans credit. The population has changed and is more aware today. But if they jump (onto the field of play), they will be punished, taken to the police station and banned from entering football games.”

Source: Correio Braziliense website, Brasilia, in Portuguese 4 Sep 12


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