Brazil to set up ‘koban’ police boxes

Jiji Press SAO PAULO (Jiji Press) — The Brazilian government decided Friday to introduce Japanese-style local police activities, including the “koban” police box system, across the South American country to counter the deterioration of public security.

Since 2000, the Japan International Cooperation Agency has worked on spreading community-based police activities in some regions of Brazil, including Sao Paulo, by sending Japanese police officers and providing training to Brazilian officers in Japan. Brazilian-style koban police boxes have been established in urban areas of these regions.

The number of homicide victims in Brazil last year stood at about 60,000. Improving security is one of the top priorities for the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro launched this year.

The guidelines for Brazil’s local police activities, drawn up on Friday, mention examples of crime-prevention efforts made by Japanese police, including officers’ regular visits to local companies and houses.

The practice of regularly visiting residents would allow police officers to get to know the community they serve, the guidelines said.

JICA, Japanese police and Japanese embassy officials attended the ceremony to sign the guidelines, held in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia.

An official of Brazil’s justice and public safety ministry expressed gratitude for long-time cooperation from Japan.


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