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Tuesday January 21, 2014

Brazil Police Bonuses Tied to Murder Rate Reduction

Police in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo will receive a bonus if they manage to reduce homicides by 7 percent during the first quarter of this year, Gov. Geraldo Alckmin said Monday.

The measure, which still must be approved by the state legislature, is part of a plan launched by Alckmin’s administration to reduce crime in the richest and most populous Brazilian state.

“We want to seek a reduction in the main indicators of crime and reward the police who go beyond the requirements of their work,” said the state security secretary, Fernando Grella.

The government will pay up to 2,000 reais ($852) extra to police officers if, besides reducing murders, they also reduce the number of robberies.

“If all the goals are fulfilled, we’re going to pay 700 million reais ($298 million) in extra bonuses,” said Alckmin, who added that society “is the one who wins.”

The governor also said that the state will increase the monitoring and transparency of crime statistics to prevent the police from manipulating the number of cases with the aim of reaching the goals.

Sao Paulo, the capital of the same-named state and the largest metropolis in Brazil, will be one of the sites hosting the matches of the 2014 soccer World Cup, which begins in June.

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