More Brazil police patrol Rio ahead of World Cup

Amazonas state policemen carry out a one-day strike outside the Amadeu Teixeira stadium, next to the Arena Amazonas soccer stadium that will host World Cup matches in June. (File photo: Reuters)

Brazilian officials say they’ve sent about 2,000 extra police to patrol the streets of Rio de Janeiro ahead of the World Cup.

It’s part of an effort to make the city more secure before tourists from around the globe come for the Cup next month. Several matches will be played in Rio, including the championship.

Authorities hadn’t planned to add the extra police until a few days ahead of the Cup.

But Rio’s security forces chief Jose Beltrame says that police have “perceived an increase in crimes” in Rio so officials decided to put more officers in the street early.

The reinforcements will remain through the Cup.


Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42