Around 400 members of Rio de Janeiro’s elite police force will receive a stress-busting meditation course, thanks to Hollywood director David Lynch.
“We want to apply the techniques to around 400 policemen. If we can see that it reduces stress, the objective is to widen the course to be used across the entire force,” Colonel Robson Rodrigues, head of Rio’s military police force commented.
“A less stressed officer will shoot less during an operation,” he added.
As Rio gears up for the Olympics next year, the city’s police force are set to be under even more stress, managing potential security breaches and continued violence in the city’s troubled favela neighborhoods.
The courses will be financed by the David Lynch Foundation, an organization created by the 69-year-old director, famed for movies such as “Elephant Man” (1980), “Blue Velvet (1986) and “Muholland Drive” (2001).
Lynch is a firm believer in daily meditation.
In Rio de Janeiro, a city of over 10 million inhabitants, some 20.2 murders were registered per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014, with 28.9 murders reported per 100,000 people across the whole of Brazil during the same year.
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