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UPP soldier Alexandre Correa from the 4th batallion of the Sao Carlos UPP holds his service gun out the window of a police car while on patrol, in the Sao Carlos shantytown, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 25, 2012.
UPP Soldiers Annunciacçâo, Mario Silva and Vidal while on patrol in the shantytown of Sao Carlos, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, March 07, 2012.
In preparation for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro launched a security program called “UPP,” Police Pacification Unit.
UPPs are permanent police posts installed in the “favelas,” the sprawling shantytowns that house most of the city’s 1.2 million residents. Their mission is to eliminate drug trafficking and organized crime within these communities.
While many believe the UPPs have helped to quell the violence and bring prosperity to the favelas, others see the pacification program as a temporary cover-up to Rio’s problems with social disparity.