Another important step was taken in the coordination of Brazil’s security forces this week, with all the agencies involved in planning public security at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ gathering at the Sao Paulo State Industrial Federation (FIESP) Cultural Centre for the 2nd General Security Seminar. Attended by nearly 250 people, the two-day event provided an opportunity to update operational plans for the upcoming tournament, which gets under way in June. 

The seminar began with Brazil 2014 Organising Committee (LOC) Chairman Jose Maria Marin highlighting its significance: “It is very important to see everyone gathered here today, as this kind of coordination will allow us to plan properly for what will be a great FIFA World Cup.”

Marin was joined at the opening of the seminar by LOC CEO Ricardo Trade, the LOC’s Head of Security Hilario Medeiros, and General Jamil Megid Junior, the Brazilian Ministry of Defence’s Major Events Coordinator.

Also attending were Fluvio Cardinelle, the chairman of Parana State’s Public Security Committee, who was representing the Brazilian Ministry of Justice’s Special Secretariat for Security at Major Events (SESGE); Wilson Roberto Trezza, an intelligence officer at the Brazilian Intelligence Bureau (ABIN); and Ricardo Lerner, the head of FIESP’s Security Department.

The seminar opened with the agencies involved in planning security operations at the 12 Host Cities receiving an in-depth briefing on the integrated security model being put in place by the LOC, FIFA, ABIN and the Brazilian Ministries of Justice and Defence.  

The seminar’s participants then heard how the LOC will go about its work in the following areas: evaluation of scenarios and risks, security at facilities, security operations, stadiums, accreditation, transport, protocol, national team training centres and official training grounds. FIFA and its Accommodation Department also spoke about the tournament’s official hotels and brand protection. 

It was the turn of the Host Cities to make their presentations on day two, each of them accompanied by the LOC security chief and a representative each from the ministries of Justice and Defence.