Attending Friday’s FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Security Round Table in Rio de Janeiro, representatives of the FIFA Security Division, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Organising Committee (LOC) and the Brazilian government took part in a press conference to address issues relating to the measures to be implemented at the FIFA Confederations Cup and Brazil 2014.
Joining FIFA Security Manager Serge Dumortier at the press conference were Andre Pruis, a security advisor to FIFA for Brazil 2014; General Jamil Megid Junior, the Ministry of Defence’s Special Advisor for Major Events; Valdinho Caetano, the Ministry of Justice’s Extraordinary Secretary for Security at Major Events; and the LOC’s Director of Security, Hilario Medeiros. FIFA.com reveals what they had to say.
FIFA Security Manager, Serge Dumortier
Security is a mix of anticipation, good management and good stadium design, which is just what Brazil is doing right now, in accordance with the regulations that FIFA sets down for all its competitions. It needs to made clear that this process is not specific to Brazil. They are the same measures that every country organising a FIFA event has to take and which we recommend all member associations follow.
We have very strict rules as to what can or cannot be taken into a stadium, and every fan will go through the same checks. That’s why we are telling people that if they only arrive 15 minutes before a game is due to start, they’ll miss the kick-off. It’s the only way we can guarantee that no prohibited items are taken into the stadiums.
One special area we’re working on is the issue of result-fixing. No federation, no country and no tournament is immune to this threat. We’ve not had any news of any case involving the FIFA World Cup, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be working towards preventing it. That’s what we did at the round table with the participating teams in Rio this Friday. Besides which, along with the LOC and the Brazilian FA (CBF) we’re going to organise a seminar in Brazil on integrity in sport, on 10 and 11 April in Salvador, in order to discuss measures we can take to prevent result-fixing from damaging our sport and our competitions.
Andre Pruis, security adviser to FIFA for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
You can’t make any comparison between South Africa, where I worked as a security supervisor at the 2010 World Cup, and Brazil. This is a country the size of a continent and it’s a lot more complex. What we can do, and what we have already done in fact, is to apply the experience we acquired and the lessons learned from South Africa 2010, namely cooperation with intelligence services from other countries in the areas of terrorism and hooliganism. The most important thing is the safety of the fans. We are very confident about the work that’s been carried out for Brazil so far and we believe we’re going to see a great Confederations Cup.
Hilario Medeiros, LOC Director of Security.
The Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup have made it necessary to regulate a professional activity that’s new in Brazil, that of security agent at major events: the ‘steward’. All the professionals that are going to work at these competitions will have gone through an additional training course, which is 50-classroom hours in duration. We’ve also standardised security procedures across the whole country, something unique, which was necessary in order to make sure all the venues follow the same rules.
Test events are important for helping professionals to familiarise themselves with the venue they’re going to work at, but that’s not where we’ll be teaching them operational procedures. That will already have been covered in these professionals’ training and development. But the works being carried out on the stadiums won’t have any effect whatsoever on our operation. We’re able to carry out said familiarisation process even before the stadium is handed over to the public.
Valdinho Caetano, Ministry of Justice’s Extraordinary Secretary for Security at Major Events.
Aside from the training given to security agents and the equipment acquired, the biggest legacy for public security is our working model, with all the various security and defence bodies having come together to elaborate the plans. This joint planning for the FIFA Confederations Cup has got our teams used to working together, and that will remain as a legacy for the Brazilian people. It’ll be a great legacy for public security in our nation.
General Jamil Megid Junior, the Ministry of Defence’s Special Advisor for Major Events.
Defence will be complementary to public security. Among the areas we’re working on are control of air, sea and fluvial space, in addition to the field of cybernetic defence, thanks to the creation of a control centre in Brazil. During the competition we’ll have between three and five thousand soldiers per city. [In future] these procedures will be followed in all the major events that will be held in Brazil.