BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Policiais Especiais) is the elite unit in the Military Police in Brazil.
BOPE is composed of over 400 members and was created in 1978.
In Brazil, there are over 960 favelas, or slums, which house more than 1.6 million people. One of every five residents of the country live here.
One of the BOPE’s biggest enemies is the Comando Vermelho (Red Command), the largest gang in the favelas on Brazil
There are an estimated 210,000 weapon traffickers in Brazil.
BOPE is believed to be one of the most efficient military forces in Latin America due to the nature of crime in favelas, BOPE units have extensive experience in urban warfare as well as progression in confined and restricted environments. It also utilizes equipment deemed more powerful than traditional civilian law enforcement.