In Brazil, where crime is closely associated with social inequality and failure of the criminal justice system, the police are considered by most to be corrupt, inefficient, and violent, especially when occupying poor areas, and they lack the widespread legitimacy enjoyed by police forces in many nations in the northern hemisphere. This text covers hot-button issues like urban pacification squads, gangs, and drugs, as well as practical topics such as policy, dual civil and military models, and gender relations.

The latest volume in the renowned Advances in Police Theory and Practice Series, Police and Society in Brazil fills a gap in English literature about policing in a nation that currently ranks sixth in number of homicides. It is a must-read for criminal justice practitioners, as well as students of international policing.

Series Preface

Preface: The Prospects for Change in Brazilian Policing
Ricardo Balestreri

About the Editors


Chapter 1: Police and Society in Brazil
Vicente Riccio and Wesley G. Skogan

Section I: The Organization of Brazilian Police

Chapter 2: The Dual Civil and Military Models for Policing in Brazil
Luiz Flavio Sapori

Chapter 3: Hierarchy, Career, and Professional Advancement in the Civil Police
Vicente Riccio, André Zogahib, Janaína Lawall, and Mario Aufiero

Chapter 4: Police Culture and Organizational Reform in Brazil
Eduardo Cerqueira Batitucci, Marcus Vinícius Gonçalves da Cruz, Amanda Matar de Figueiredo, and Letícia Godinho de Souza

Chapter 5: Managing Gender Relations in the Brazilian Police
Ludmila Mendonça Ribeiro

Section II: The Police and Their Problems

Chapter 6: Police Repression and the Drug Business in Brazil
Paulo Fraga and Joyce Kelli do Nascimento Silva

Chapter 7: Race, Class, and Law Enforcement in Brazil
Renato Sérgio de Lima and Jacqueline Sinhoretto

Chapter 8: Use of Force and Police Reform in Brazil
Wesley G. Skogan

Chapter 9: Gangs, Drugs, and Urban Pacification Squads in Rio
Vicente Riccio and Wesley G. Skogan

Chapter 10: Community Policing in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro
Vicente Riccio, Steven Dutt Ross, and Wesley G. Skogan

Section III: The Police and the Public Policy

Chapter 11: Professionalizing the Military Police Through Training
Vicente Riccio, Marcio Rys Meirelles de Miranda, and Angelica Müller

Chapter 12: Police Reform in Brazil: The Rise and Demise of PRONASCI
Marco Aurélio Ruediger