BOPE were paid a visit today at their secluded training base. They are seen as the elite training corps in Brazil and specialise in tackling drugs and gun crime within the heavily armed favellas. They use the same tactics as the British SAS and are provided with the best equipment, armoured vehicles, helicopters and boats in order to facilitate the most appropriate manner of entry into the problem area.
They face gunfire attack daily and lose a high proportion of officers each year who are killed on duty. Tropa de Elite, a film about the force won the top award at the Berlin film festival.