Rigid border control Northern Brazil pays off
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 35, August 2015
Rio de Janeiro — According to information from the
Brazilian Ministry of Public Security, crime rates in Oiapoque, a town on the border between Brazil and French Guiana, have been dropping in the past three years. This is due to ongoing actions of the police on the rivers and on the outskirts of this border town in the
northern Brazilian state of Amapá.
Brazil border patrol in action
These operations have reduced the illegal mining activities in French Guiana and Suriname.
Even petty crime reduced because of the actions of the
Ten days ago, under code 'Operação Brasil Integrado III', a charge was carried out at the border. The most common offenses were found to be fraud, drug trafficking and illegal possession of weapons.
On the first day of the special operation 50 persons wihtout documents or who had an outstanding arrest warrant, were arrested on the outskirts of the city in Brazil.
In Oiapoque, Gaston Calandrine was in command of the operation. "We will constantly raise barriers to curb crimes at the border, and will give citizens in Brazil and French Guiana a sense of security that they deserve," Mr Calandrine said. During the latest operation two boats and several cars were deployed.
Also, the military, civil and federal police and the traffic department as well as the infamous
Batalhão the Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE), gave support to the coordinated cooperation at the Brazilian border.
Especially the French benefit from such Brazilian operations, as they have to deal a lot with garimpeiros from Brazil and also Suriname. They enter the country illegally through many short cuts. The Brazilian states of Pará and Amapá are a cradle of thousands of poor people who dream of quick profits in the French gold sector.