THE JOURNEY: IMAGES: 05

A board illustrates the chain of command in the UPP police Station of the shantytown of Sao Carlos shows a group of Military Police soldiers posing with 4 bodies  presumed murdered by the Criminal Faction A.D.A. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 24, 2012.Initiated in 2008, the UPP, short for Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (in English, Pacifier Police Unit or Police Pacification Unit), is a new system of community policing in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas once run by drug traffickers. While many believe that UPPs have helped quell violence by opening the doors of the favelas to public services such as legal electricity supply, garbage collection, education, public works and social assistance program, others see the pacification program as a temporary cover-up to security problems in Rio de Janeiro.

A board illustrates the chain of command in the UPP police Station of the shantytown of Sao Carlos shows a group of Military Police soldiers posing with 4 bodies presumed murdered by the Criminal Faction A.D.A. in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, February 24, 2012.

Initiated in 2008, the UPP, short for Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora (in English, Pacifier Police Unit or Police Pacification Unit), is a new system of community policing in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas once run by drug traffickers.

While many believe that UPPs have helped quell violence by opening the doors of the favelas to public services such as legal electricity supply, garbage collection, education, public works and social assistance program, others see the pacification program as a temporary cover-up to security problems in Rio de Janeiro.