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São Paulo Police | Moonlight Manpower?

Source: Observatório de Segurança Pública.

City will maintain official moonlighting scheme for military police

Reversal: Haddad administration had announced it was abandoning the use of PMs during their off hours.

Partnership with state government provides  extra pay for moonlighting PMs in order to patrol the urban peripheries.

Four days after planning secretary Leda Paulani  announced that an official “moonlighting” program for PMs willing to pull extra night duty for extra pay would not be continued, the city administration has executed an about face and says it will continue the program.

As part of so-called  Operação Delegada, off-duty PMs receive additional pay from the city in order to police certain areas.

The program had been voided by the Haddad administration because very few troopers volunteered for it.  Of the 3,037 PMs taking part in the program in January of this year, only 1,845 remain — a reduction of 40%.

The stampede is explained by the fact that many police do not agree with the mayor’s decision to assign 1,300 of the 3,374 vacacies exclusively to night duty — the objective is to combat funk dances and guard public buildings outside the downtown area.

Of these 1,300 vacancies, only 176 have been filled.

Yesterday, Haddad met with state public safety secretary Fernando Grella  and reiterated the city-state accord signed in April of this year.

According to other reports, Haddad and his planning secretary intend to cut the program out of the city’s Program of Goals 2013-2016 … see below. Still others — take this report on the program by Rede Bom Dia — declare the program an unmitigated success and call for its expansion:

The success of the operation led Governor Geraldo Alckmin to send down a bill last proposing an extension of the measure to all the municipalities in the state. At least 43 are interested.

São Paulo has 645 municipalities.

Faced with the lack of adhesion by police, Grella will now initiate a campaign inviting PMs from outside urban São Paulo to enroll in the program.

The “official moonlighting” program was a high-profile political banner of former mayor Gilberto Kassab (PSD), but was originally conceived as a means of combating street vendors.

Haddad decided to maintain the state-city partnership, but demanded detailed oversight and decided to assign part of the manpower to the night shift.

In the first months of Haddad’s mandate, police complained of payroll delays. According to the city, this was a contingency caused by the failure of commanders to verify their accounts, and the payments have since been made.

In July, the operation cost the city some R$ 7 million.

Complaints

Police say that daytime assignments to the downtown area are safer than traditional moonlighting as security for commercial establishments, which, together with the fact that this is illegal, exposes the PMs to criminals.

This year, with official authorization to work off-duty hours in peripheral areas, often far from the trooper’s assigned area of operation, police have lost interest in the arrangement.

PMs say the risk is much higher and does not balance out working outside their regular patrol routes and routines.

“Delegada, the way it is now, is coming to an end. Currently there are 1,800 police volunteers, down from 4,600,” says city councilmember Colonel Camilo (PSD), who assisted Kassab in drafting the program when he was commandant-general of the PM.

According to Camilo, the trend in São Paulo is heading in an opposite direction to the 20 townships that have adopted the program.

Camilo says that the secretary’s measure to allow PMs from other jurisdictions to work in the city was in force during the last city administration.

Under the current administration, however, the decision was made to prioritize PMs from the city, a strategy that failed, Camilo said.

Camilo said that the number of PMs has also fallen in the central region.  “The PM who used to be responsible for a city block now must look after four.”

R7 reports the story from a very different angle:

The project was rejected by participatory policy meetings on which are based the Program of Goals 2013-2016.

According to this story, the  city has already agreed to drop the program from the planning document for the next three years.

Disinterest and the risk of violence explain the 1,300 vacancies in the program known as Operation Delegada, the name given to officially sanctioned “moonlighting” by São Paulo PMS.

The city has invited police from all over the metropolitian area  to subscribe, after local police showed iittle interest, but filling the vacancies has encountered other barriers.

Created during the Kassab administration in 2009,  Delegada is designed to supplement the income of police officers, bearing in mind that most of them already work a second job to supplement their salaries.

Originally, the focus of the program was to combat street vendors, mainly in the downtown area.

Does it strike anyone elseas ironic that black-marketeers are pursued by grey market law enforcement?

Some of the vacancies are related to providing continuity, whjile others seek to expand the operation, which creates problems.

Haddad’s proposal was to expand Delegada to other parts of the city — specifically, where the indices of criminality are highest, especially at  night. But the proposal faced opposition, not just from the population but also from the PMs themselves.

Last week, city planning secretary Leda Paulani, said that Delegada will be stricken from the Program of Goals 2013-2016 at the request of the population, most of them residents of the peripheries. The reason, she said, was complaints of PM violence in these areas.

— The population did not want it. Delegada is not regarded favorably by the citizens of São Paulo. They consider the PM to be violent … [they enforce] a series of restrictions  in low-income neighborhoods. We received complaints in nearly all of our 35 public hearings, the public wanting nothing to do with Delegada.

As Terra explains, however, there seeme to be two programs carrying the Delegada label — delegada ambulante and delegada noturna.

Last week, Operation  Delegada Noturna was withdrawn from the Program of Goals  2013-2016 based on a lack of interest by the PM and the population  “We expect that with these measures, including those announced by secretary Grella, which permit PMs from the metro area and inland regions to work voluntarily for Operation Delegada,  we will be able to fill those 1,300 vacancies, principally in the regions and subprefectures with the highest indices of nocturnal crime,” said municipal secretary of  the subprefectures, Chico Macena.

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