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UPP Bope Rio de Janeiro favela_rd0040.jpg
Beggining of operations of the UPP - Pacifying Police Unit inside Favela do Caju in the harbor area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Policeman belonging to BOPE crosses a soccer field - Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, also translated as Police Pacification Unit, abbreviated UPP, a law enforcement and social services program which aims at reclaiming territories, more commonly favelas, controlled by gangs of drug dealers. Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais (BOPE), Special Police Operations Battalion is a special forces unit of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Due to the nature of crime in favelas, BOPE units have extensive experience in urban warfare as well as progression in confined and restricted environments. It also utilizes equipment deemed more powerful than traditional civilian law enforcement.