Interpol’s Vital Role in Securing the Rio Olympics

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Friday, September 2, 2016
Matthew Martinez
The Olympic Games have a track record of being one of the largest security operations in the world, drawing hundreds of thousands of people from all across the globe. This August’s Rio Olympics were no different, with Brazil accommodating approximately 11,000 athletes, 73,000 journalists and support staff, and more than 500,000 spectators. Despite having hosted numerous international events in the past, hosting such a high-profile event that draws individuals and audiences from all over the world was a challenge for Brazil – as it would be for any other country. As a result, INTERPOL was called upon to provide operational support to ensure that the 2016 Rio Olympics were properly safeguarded from potential threats. Brazil has been a member of INTERPOL for about seven decades, but the regional power’s security concerns have been largely domestic since its founding, making the expertise of the world’s largest international police organization all the more important.