A teen with his surfboard walks by an armored van belonging to Special Police Operations Battalion as they prepare for a mission in the alleys of a slum, or favela, in the area of Copacabana where fighting between the police and drug dealers is continuing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is estimated that there are over 1,000 favelas in Rio where violent crime is rampant. The police are attempting a softer touch in many favelas by participating in community policing after they clear the area of drug gangs. It is believed that the police want to continue with these programs citywide ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. As Brazil prepares to host the 2016 Summer Olympics international scrutiny is falling on Rio de Janeiro`s favelas where over 5,000 people were murdered last year alone.
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