Brazil unveils ‘Robocop’ suit to protect super-elite police unit during World Cup

The paramilitary police riot body armour. National Post – by Donna Bowater, The Telegraph

There will be a RoboCop style to the face of policing in Rio when football fans turn up for the World Cup in Brazil next month.

Members of a special unit set up for the tournament and the 2016 Olympics in Rio have been given 200 sets of the 22lb “RoboCop” protective equipment, which is flame resistant to up to 427C.  

It includes a helmet and vest that protects the back, chest and shoulders, plastic shin pads, a pepper spray mask and a belt for a.40 calibre pistol, stun gun, handcuffs and baton.

The Major Events Police Battalion, a branch of the military police, was formed in January this year in response to widespread public demonstrations during last year’s Confederations Cup.

That tournament was marred by ugly clashes between police and demonstrators as thousands protested against public spending on the World Cup. Rio de Janeiro will host seven games during the competition, including the final on July 13.

AP Photo/Columbia Pictures - Sony, Kerry Hayes

AP Photo/Columbia Pictures – Sony, Kerry HayesThis image released by Columbia Pictures shows Marianne Jean-Baptiste, left, and Joel Kinnaman in a scene from “RoboCop.”

Jose Mariano Beltrame, the state secretary for security, cited “the need to give the military police specialized, efficient and intelligent instruments for patrolling, aimed at the preservation of public order in public places where there is the presence of a crowd of people gathered together”.

Lt. Col. Wagner Villares, the commander of the unit, which has 600 officers, said the equipment would protect officers from missiles such as a firecracker that killed Santiago Andrade, a photographer, earlier this year.

“The plastic uniform is resistant to knocks and blows,” he told news website Ultimo Segundo.

“Underneath the plastic that covers the back and the chest, there is another protective layer that absorbs and spreads the force of a blow.”

The armour is similar to that worn by the Choque battalion, a special riot control unit.

Like police units in Sao Paulo, the Major Events Police Battalion officers have also been given martial arts training.

7 thoughts on “Brazil unveils ‘Robocop’ suit to protect super-elite police unit during World Cup

  1. I dont see it saying it will stop a high powered rifle anywhere in that. And fire resistent or not if your engulfed im flames you will die from inhaling smoke. Good try though.

  2. All suited up and got to go #2.

    22lbs? wont be chasing anyone.
    plastic? wont be stopping a 7mag
    fire resistant up to 427c? cant breath air that hot.
    martial arts training? good luck with that while being confined in a plastic strait jacket.

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