Security plans for next year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympic games remain unchanged following the terrorist attacks in Paris.
“Terrorism is the number one worry,” Jose Mariano Beltrame, the security chief for the state of Rio de Janeiro, told a news conference. “Brazil does not have a history of terrorism, but always works with this priority.”
Huge numbers of security staff will be deployed for the August games: between 60-65,000 police officers and soldiers, with an additional 15,000 in reserve. This doubles the number of security used at the 2012 London Games.
Beltrame said it would be up to Brazil’s federal government to order a change of plans in response to a threat, but so far no modifications have been requested.
“We are ready. Every institution knows what to do. We want a gold medal in security.”
Rio has long been plagued by violence, and Beltrame has worked for years to lower the city’s crime rate.
While he credits his so-called slum pacification program with reducing the city’s murder rate, the Rio police force is still widely criticized for harsh tactics and widespread corruption.