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Sunday, 15 May 2011

BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion)



 It’is a special forces unit of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Due to the nature of crime in favelas, BOPE units have extensive experience in urban warfare as well as progression in confined and restricted environments(missions transported by helicopters, missions in jungle and mountain environments, and missions using explosives). It also utilizes equipment deemed more powerful than traditional civilian law enforcement. 
Current Commander: Lieutenant Colonel Wilman René Gonçalves Alonso
 The physical structure of the urban battlefield affects the use of weapons and their calibers, and in the case of Rio de Janeiro, this is an aggravating factor, since an undeclared war is being fought against an internal enemy by a public-safety and paramilitary force. According to their rules of engagement, the state-authorized police cannot respond with the same intensity and firepower that the criminals use. This is due in part to the Army’s veto on the acquisition of higher-caliber weapons, such as .50-caliber, needed to destroy the fortifications built by the bandits. In order to stop the police, the drug dealers have reinforced walls and balconies with concrete, adding loopholes from which to shoot, justifying the need for higher-caliber weapons. The BOPE basically uses 5.56 mm and 7.62 mm caliber rifles in its actions.
Motto and Logo "Faca na Caveira" ("Knife In The Skull") 

 A BOPE assault team usually operates with 8 men. In front of the group is always the point man. His job is to open up the way, and communicate with his group by using signals. The commander or captain is always the third on in the group. BOPE also have a Tactical Intervention Unit. Those are BOPE soldiers who are negotiaters, snipers or other soldiers with special skills like detonating bombs. 
Size: 400 officers
 The reality faced by the police in the Rio slums is similar to that faced by NATO troops in Afghanistan. The resistance posed by the Taliban, whose asymmetric war actions are sponsored by the lucrative poppy business, approximates Kabul to Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays, the risks faced by a Western citizen when walking in certain areas of the Afghan capital are the same of those of a police officer or a member of the military in the volatile zones of the capital of Rio de Janeiro state.

Vehicles
Pacificador
These vehicles are used in operations in the slums (favelas) where BOPE faces intense conflicts with heavily armed drug dealers





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24 comments:

new perspective said...

These guys look ruthless

Kamchatka said...

Damn that is baddass. Like real-life MW2.

pho said...

those guys are walking around like bosses. it feels like a real-life MW2 game

24/7 Banter said...

Rahhh! Thats cool

Keenan said...

Sick post man, keep at it. And @pho that must be totally sweet.

supertwiks said...

what the hell is knife in the head for a motto?

JDOGMMA said...

Those guys are insane! But i guess they have to be there.

i.o said...

the commander reminds me of that pic of a cop (i think it's brazillian, not sure) going akimbo.

Infinite_Essence said...

Wouldn't want to run into them... haha

Glovey said...

Awesome post man! Keep up the great blogging!

Wojtyla said...

@Infinite_Essence
no one would

P. said...

this is INSANE! :)

James T said...

wow this is really amazing what they have for a police force!

Geoffrey said...

these guys are seriously badass. I wouldn't want them coming after me.

Intraman said...

awesome article

S41 said...

M4 carbine i legendary, lol.

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emosniper said...

I didn't not know there were police in Brazil. Good post!

cheshire said...

@emosniper - really? Come on.

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wellpickedbooger said...

There goes my desire for a vacation in Rio de Janeiro. D; Nice post though, very informative! The pictures are really gripping.

Moobeat said...

interesting

Mike said...

They look pretty cool. Rio can be a dangerous place though.

RageCompeX said...

If I gonna work in the army, there should be alot of woman around me :) makes the job nice