Spectators and residents at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Series and 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brazil will be safer thanks to a joint security effort between Canada and Brazil.
On January 21-31, Government of Canada provided first of two-part training for Brazilian security forces to deal with various potential risks they could face throughout the upcoming events.
In the first part of training, Canadian security agencies trained their Brazilian counterparts how to identify and respond to chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials. The course integrated theoretical and practical aspects with a focus on collecting evidence, evaluating crime scenes, disarming explosives and dealing with other potential dangers.
The second half of this initiative will be held later this year to train Brazilian security agencies and institutions that were not able to participate in the first phase of training.
The sessions were based on Canadian First Responder Training, which was used extensively in 2010 to prepare for Vancouver Winter Games, G8 and G20 Summits, and has been internationally respected since 2003. The 14 Canadian trainers ranged from members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Public Health Agency Canada and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
The benefits of cooperation between the two countries are already apparent. During the opening ceremony, Karine Asselin from the Canadian Embassy characterized the training as “a result of the commitment of our two countries to cooperate on preparations for the Olympic [Games] and other major events.”
José Jair Wermann, Scientific Technical Director at the Brazilian Federal Police shared Ms. Asselin’s enthusiasm, pointing out that this initiative promotes cooperation and integration of efforts between organizations and offers a positive environment for the increased demand for the exchange of experiences.
Canada and Brazil share a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation for the Organization of Olympic and Paralympic Games. Canada expects that this training will pave the way for the development of future joint activities.