Funded by FAPERJ, ISER carried out a study in the slums of Jardim Batan, Tabajaras/Cabritos, da Providência and Borel to better understand the dynamics and possible changes promoted by the installation of UPPs (Pacifying Police Units) in everyday life of the areas they occupy and the perceptions of the various affected and/or implicated actors.

The UPPs began to figure in the list of discussions about public security in Rio de Janeiro at the end of 2008, with the inauguration of their first unit, in Morro Santa Marta, in the south zone of the city. Seeking to replace the pattern of punctual police interventions in favelas, the UPPs were elevated to the condition of a differentiated “model” of policing, mainly due to two aspects: the proposal of permanent occupation, with no end date foreseen; and the focus on the removal of weapons in the face of eradicating drug trafficking.

As products of the research carried out, the publication of number 67 of the magazine “Comunicações do ISER” deserves mention, in which several topics related to the impacts of the UPPs in their installation spaces were addressed. Also, the research allowed for exploratory ethnographies to be carried out in the favelas, as well as a documentary video about religious protagonism in Batan and its articulations with the UPPs.

André Rodrigues and Maurício Lissowsky