Rio Olympics security firm fired, maligned police force takes over

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Less than a week before the 2016 Rio Olympics are set to start, the Brazil Ministry of Justice terminated its contract with a private firm that was supposed to provide security for the games. The ministry cited “incompetence and irresponsibility” from the Rio de Janeiro-based firm Artel, and moved to strip them of their duties.

It’s not hard to see why the Ministry of Justice reacted so harshly. With only a few days left until the first venues are set to open, Artel admitted that they have only hired 500 security personnel.

They were supposed to hire 3,400.

These staff members were going to be responsible for screening visitors outside each Olympic venue. X-ray machines and body searches are now going to be handled by local police forces to secure areas that are expected to have tens of thousands of screaming fans.

Police have voiced concerns over pay, and there have been open strikes in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics. 85,000 security forces in total are still expected to be present when the competition begins on Wednesday.

Oh wonderful, one of the most notoriously corrupt police forces in the world. Nothing alarming about that. :rolleyes:

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We had the same problem with GS4 security at the 2012 Olympics.
They only just managed to get up to full staff at the last minute
 
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DaveM

We seemed to have a similar story with the World Cup but I think in today's times the Olympics is a prime target so they better get it right.
 
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