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Rio Hires New York’s Ex-Mayor to Make City Safer for Olympics

Giuliani in Rio Former-mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, said Thursday, December 3, in Brazil, that the city of Rio de Janeiro can become one of the safest in the world. The man responsible for the "zero tolerance" policy, which dramatically cut criminality in New York, gave a pep talk to Rio's municipal policemen telling them that the World Cup and the Olympics are important events to help the effort to bring urban improvement to the area.

Alongside Rio's mayor, Eduardo Paes,  Giuliani  praised the public security policies just started to rescue communities that are being controlled by drug traffickers and underscored that's necessary to bring schools, social services and activities for the children to these places.

Mayor of New York between 1994 and 2002, Giuliani used the theory of the "broken window." According to this concept, if a broken window is not repaired, the chances are that the other windows will be wrecked. Based in this idea, all offenses, regardless of their seriousness, started to be stamped down in New York, leading to a dramatic reduction in the criminality rates.

"You need to concentrate in large and small problems. I believe in the theory of the broken window, of zero tolerance. You have to pay attention to big and small things. And you  also have to make the community safer, cleaner, healthier, plus educating the children," said Giuliani, after visiting a municipal school in the Complexo to Alemão favela (shantytown).

The former-mayor declined to comment on his political future and seemed optimistic with the way public policies are being conducted in Rio. "I think they are making progress," he said. This is work that takes a long time, he went on recalling that it took him six, seven years before he was able to really change New York city. "It wasn't done in a day, a year or two years."

Commenting on Rio being chosen to host the 2016 Olympics, Giuliani admitted that he was disappointed when he found out that the US had been defeated, but at the same time happy that Brazil would have its chance to present the games. He believes that endeavor will bring lots of energy to the city as well as plenty of resources.

During his visit to Rio, Giuliani also met Rio de Janeiro state's governor Sérgio Cabral, with whom he discussed security matters to be implemented in preparation for the World Cup and the Olympics.

After the encounter, Cabral announced that he intends to hire Giuliani as an adviser to reinforce security on both events.

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  • asp

    yeah,i hear you vinnie and joao…
    yeah, vinnie, i have ducked some bullets , had some bottles thrown at me , and even had a guy put a gun to my head and say he wasnt paying for the work i did , do i know what you are saying…

    i did read vinnies mexico post…it actualy went on as i was typing my post below it so i didnt read it when i was putting up mine…

    there is corruption to be dealt with, my hope is that police should be better paid, and better equipped….

    and ,in the upcoming prosperity, it would be great to reach the people who make choices , out of no hope , to rob and steal and kill , with alternatives , so the real psycopaths could be easiar to perceive and dealt with

  • João da Silva

    asp
    [quote]you could probably guess the reason i was there, with a mutual aquaintance of ours, felipe…..[/quote]

    With Felipe, eh? No wonder you were so well treated by Rudy. 😉

    [quote]there are homeless people there intimidating the store owners and mugging old ladies on the streets….they had reported earliar in the year how these people come in the state for summer jobs selling cheese on the beach and then after summer go homeless in these small towns, causing havoc getting drunk and on crack…which we both know is no joke and a very real presence….[/quote]

    I didn’t see the report, but could make a guess of the names of the towns. Oktoberfest is another event that has attracted many people and that region has become infested with such criminals. This info is through my friends who live there. I was shocked to hear that the drug dealers operate freely even in small towns.

    [quote]things are seriously wrong and need to be done…i dont care if they dont pay rudy, but his ideas are exactly the solution…maybe it wasnt in mexico city, but, its exactly what is needed here….

    its so damn simple….they need the cameras but shouldnt stop a police presence in the streets…that is what is missing, a constant street presence of polic[/quote]

    The solutions exist, but need political will to implement them. Read what Vinny has written about Mexico City. That is what is precisely happening here too. Also the tendency is to privatize the security (read: create private armed police). I aint kidding about it . Be prepared for 2010. More people are going to come to our state, starting January. The reason? Your guess is as good as mine. 🙁

  • VinnyCarioca

    asp
    [quote]i dont know if vinny was on the streets when i lived in new york…it was a mother f**ker….prepared me for anywhere in the world[/quote]
    I moved in the late 80’s but I’ve gone back several times a year every year. There is no argument to your characterization of what it was like back then. I had friends that were murdered and I’ve had my share of situations where I had to defend myself in a way that I would never want to repeat or even describe for that matter. I know what it’s like to be shot at, gang beaten, and having my father’s business broken into on a regular basis.
    You’re right… it does prepare you for anywhere. The first time I went to Rio, I was looking at shady people like I wanted to take their money. My wife is constantly warning me not to react if someone tries to rob me in Brazil…and I tell her the same thing over and over…I’ll try (not).
    There is no doubt that my paesan Rudy will offer effective solutions. One of the many problems he faced on Mexico was that, for one, his endeavor was was embraced by the mayor of M.C. at the time, Obrador, and the top law enforcement people but he received no support. It was a political tool financed by Carlos Slim and was great for the affluent areas of M.C., but , the rest of the city was left to rot.

    [quote]its so damn simple….they need the cameras but shouldnt stop a police presence in the streets…that is what is missing, a constant street presence of police[/quote]
    In theory it is very simple and a strong police presence is paramount. I don’t live in Brazil but I do know how the police are perceived by my friends and In-laws there. They basically view them as a parallel criminal element…with good reason. I also have anecdotes in that area that I won’t bother conveying. My point is, no matter how corrupt the N.Y.P.D was up through the early 90’s…it was fixable. The levels of corruption are not comparable.
    Is, in your opinion, the police force in Rio and Brazil capable of mirroring what was accomplished in N.Y.?

  • asp

    actualy , joao…..
    you could probably guess the reason i was there, with a mutual aquaintance of ours, felipe…..

    but ,after seeing another devastating report today of some small towns not far from me , everything giulani said makes so much sence.

    there are homeless people there intimidating the store owners and mugging old ladies on the streets….they had reported earliar in the year how these people come in the state for summer jobs selling cheese on the beach and then after summer go homeless in these small towns, causing havoc getting drunk and on crack…which we both know is no joke and a very real presence….

    things are seriously wrong and need to be done…i dont care if they dont pay rudy, but his ideas are exactly the solution…maybe it wasnt in mexico city, but, its exactly what is needed here….

    its so damn simple….they need the cameras but shouldnt stop a police presence in the streets…that is what is missing, a constant street presence of police

    they used to have them patroling where i live, but since the cameras, they dont have anyone anymore…they get to arrive after the crime…after someone has been shot

    i do respect what rudy did for new york…bill bratton too, but , you cant count rudies contribution out… i dont know if vinny was on the streets when i lived in new york…it was a mother fucker….prepared me for anywhere in the world

  • bo

    American losers
    Nicholas (usa_male)
    [quote]Show’s he didn’t act like a sore loser but presented the right attitude of how true americans are and think after loosing.. [/quote]

    Of course he is a good loser,all Americans are my dear.. They are so fucking used to it. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan, who’s winning? ***Losers***
    I rest my case.

  • Nicholas usa_male

    I wish Rudy all the best and he has the right to make money where he wants. I hope he succeed.

    What I like the most of him is, he’s honest. Okay,he was a politician, and still act like a “politician” (you cannot trust them 100%), but I’m sure he will put 100% into his job. Another thing what I like is when I read the following. Show’s he didn’t act like a sore loser but presented the right attitude of how true americans are and think after loosing..

    “Giuliani admitted that he was disappointed when he found out that the US had been defeated, but at the same time happy that Brazil would have its chance to present the games. He believes that endeavor will bring lots of energy to the city as well as plenty of resources.”

  • João da Silva

    asp
    [quote]after getting to shake his hand……..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh[/quote]

    You don’t have to feel bad ,ASP. The politicos are the same all over the world and you fell for his tricks. I perfectly understand your euphoria in being given the unique opportunity to shake hands with him. Hope you didn’t have to pay from your pockets to listen to his crap.

    BTW, did he know that you passed on the swine flu to him ? 8)

  • asp

    oh well, i guess i just felt that way…..
    after getting to shake his hand……..ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • João da Silva

    asp
    [quote]and tsk tsk , joao…the tips he gave were right on the money and sorely lacking …and some solutions easy…
    [/quote]

    ASP, my friend, I know you are all in favor of hiring Rudy Guiliani to take care of the “security” during the Rio Olympics. No I haven’t lived in NYC, though I have been there a couple of times. I must confess that I didn’t like that city as I do of yours. However, DU 48 made a very interesting statement on which I commented and now I see our esteemed and distinguished fellow blogger Vinny has made another statement about RudyÀ‚´s experience in Mexico city and questioned whether the “Brazilian Constitution” will permit your buddy Rudy to take “energetic measures”? You know as well as I do, that in our state, the PMs are working with their hands tied and the worse offenders are [i][b]not[/b][/i] the poor working class, but the spoiled kids from the middle class. They can hire lawyers and pounce on a “soldado” and sue him for “repressÀƒ£o policial”. It has come to a point that an ordinary citizen can not call the cops into a “condominio”, when his life is being threatened by neighbors, without the authorization of the “sindico”. That takes us back to DU 48À‚´s and unless the citizens themselves want “zero tolerance” with the criminals, nobody can take magical actions and that includes Rudy who would certainly charge an exorbitant “consulting fees” for his services (as cr wilson said) and nothing much would be accomplished.

    Lets not forget that the Army has taken over the control of security in many cities in Mexico and I will not be surprised if Brasil will follow suit shortly. In case you are not aware, there is going to be an amendment to the constitution that will permit it to so. One of the clauses in the new law is that army personnel can be tried only in Military courts for “excesses” committed in line of their duty and not by civilian courts.

  • asp

    well, did take care of new york….
    joao, i know you didnt live in new york when i did, and i dont know about you , wilson, but, new york was a mother fucker when i lived there, when rudy was the district atorny busting the shit out of the mafia..

    new york was no bullshit.on the forty deuce where i lived, all the mother fuckers that the other borroughs had kicked out, the slime, all gravitated to the deuce.

    you had to walk through people, you couldnt make eye contact,you had to project the image that “you better not fuck with me or ill kick your ass…” or that you could be carrying a peice… because there was just a hell of a lot of crazy street mother fuckers …tourists who didnt know better just got robbed and killed…

    i saw mother fuckers take a shit right on the street at 42nd and 8th. it was the minisota strip, a lot of blonds off the bus from miniapolis or iowa and just got pimped out and sprinkled out all over the street selling their bodies….

    times square was a haven for live sex shows and peep joints….i got pick pocketed coming home (at this time i lived on 49th and broadway) a little too typsy and a fine ass whore stepped out of the dark real quick and started rubbing all over my body and saying lets get together, i slowly pushed her back but 10 steps later i realised my pay was gone from my upper shirt pocket and my apartement keys dangling from that pocket…she could have gotten them too…

    then along came rudy….10 years later i could pass back through and take my kid to see a batman movie on 42nd street…

    its real easy to say “i could do that…” in hindsight…phrases like “zero toleance” mean nothing until you have dealed with a cesspool like new york was at that time…that is what is the shit, to take care of that , not the phrase “zero tolerance”…the experiance is what people pay to hear about or help them with

    and tsk tsk , joao…the tips he gave were right on the money and sorely lacking …and some solutions easy…

    we have cronic rip offs of cars in the parking lots in the day next to the beach…its three easy parking lots to patrol and cure the problem. rudy hit the nail on the head about that, going after the little stuff as well, instead of watching it on the surveience cameras…seriously, somebody needs to perk up and make drastic changes in these security issues…and not forget the basic social issues that cause it also (remembering personal responsibility and accountibility for our actions is a main factor, most poor people dont go around stealing and mugging).

    just please dont mess with “sobre das ondas”..just make it safer

  • Jonny Corleone

    Geee
    Huuum. Will he perform the miracle of the multiplication of the fish, and bread too?

  • VinnyCarioca

    How well did he do in Mexico City?
    In 2003, Giuliani Partners LLC was hired to stem the runaway crime that plagued (and continues to do so) Mexico City. What works in my hometown, N.Y.C., may not work everywhere. The culture of corruption is on completely different levels.
    I recall Rudy being demonized for criminalizing the poor (especially the squeegie men trying to make a living on the streets), stopping people for suspicious behavior, pushing the poor to the margins of the city, racism, etc. Can graffiti in Rio be cleaned up like the subways and buildings in N.Y.? Can the police in Rio clean up their act and jettison the “bribery industry”? Would the recommendations Giuliani brings to the table jibe with the Brazilian Constitution (that was one of the many problems he faced in Mexico)? Can he make an impact on organized crime as well (another major problem he faced in Mexico)? N.Y.P.D numbered 40.000 and saturated 300 sq. miles as opposed to 38,000 Rio officers policing the WHOLE state of 16,000 sq miles.
    Great brand, wrong market.
    In my opinion, former N.Y.C. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton deserves most of the credit for turning N.Y. around.

  • cr wilson

    Rudi G…is just a fraud…he goes where the money is…the people of Brazil are being taken for a ride…he’s just an ex-cop that thinks he has an idea to save the world…if you pay me I could do the same thing…but, I’m not into taking someone’s money without a REAL plan…a six or seven year plan?…Who’s going to remember a plan that takes so long? He’ll be long gone before that time…laughing all the way to the bank…ain’t it funny that he’s there so soon?

  • E. Barbosa

    In the interest of fairness I would like to point out that some of those executed by BOPE are mulatto, and there are a few whites occasionally.

  • Johnny Rotten

    Zero Tolerance – you already have it!
    Isn’t zero tolerance gun toting crazies shooting up random black kids high on crack in Rio’s favelas?
    Sure does keep the peace.
    Welcome to the 1st world Brazil…

  • João da Silva

    DU 48
    [quote]Effective policing will only happen when the outdated system, with its historical rivalry and incompetence is rooted
    out and the rule of law reflects the public’s demand for criminal prosecution.
    The current scandal over Brasilia’s Governor Arruda-previously involved in electronic voting violation in 2001- shows how the political system is incapable of preventing individuals with criminal intentions from being reelected.(Listas Fechadas).[/quote]

    As usual, you talk sense. Unless the public at large demands for criminal prosecution as pointed by you, there will be more “Road Shows” by many other “famous” personalities sucking the Brasilian Tax Payers money. I just want to mention Rudy Giuliani does not hold copy rights for the term “Zero Tolerance” and I bet he was on “Business Tourism” to the Island and everybody paid to listen to his crap. If Cariocas want to hire him to take care of the “Security” during the Olympic games, it is their problem and I sincerely hope the Mayor of Rio increases the IPTU to foot the bill and does not expect the ones from the other states to so.

  • Zico

    Where’re the Gringo Bashers for this Article
    The problem is that Rudy would need to bring the NYPD with him….

  • du48

    Rudolf’s road show
    In Florianopolis, the ex-mayor deemed as ESSENTIAL to the improvement of public security policy in Brazil the UNIFICATION of the police-civil and military.
    Effective policing will only happen when the outdated system, with its historical rivalry and incompetence is rooted
    out and the rule of law reflects the public’s demand for criminal prosecution.
    The current scandal over Brasilia’s Governor Arruda-previously involved in electronic voting violation in 2001- shows how the political system is incapable of preventing individuals with criminal intentions from being reelected.(Listas Fechadas).
    In the absence of political reform, the Public Prosecution Ministry and the Judiciary has the huge task of charging and
    IMPRISONING corrupt politicians.
    Let’s hope they have the balls to do what needs to be done.

  • asp

    was at a privite lunch party where giuliani was….
    i was lucky to be at a special lunch party for giuliani while he was in brazil this time….

    i shook his hand and told him i remembered him as the district atorny mafia buster in new york when i lived there, that i liked what he did for new york when he was mayor and that he meant a lot to us when he represented new york during 9/11

    he was nice and genuine…smoked a nice big cigar after lunch

  • gringo1

    Well, it would be nice, but let’s not count on it. Hiring someone with a proven track record goes against the Brazilian model of throwing a lot of money at a family member who has no experience at all.

  • bo

    Once again….this site and it’s sensationalistic titles…..
    [quote]Rio Hires New York’s Ex-Mayor to Make City Safer for Olympics [/quote]

    [quote]After the encounter, Cabral announced that he[b] intends[/b] to hire Giuliani as an adviser to reinforce security on both events. [/quote]

    Do you understand english Vladimir? You do realize what “intends” means I hope.

    They should rename this site…..”Brazzil Enquirer”

    Because enquiring minds want to know! 😀

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