Military Police (Polícia Militar)
The Military Police in Brazil act as a preventative crime fighting agency and aim to maintain public order. Their rules and uniform may vary from state to state but they must always be identifiable by the public whilst carrying out their duties.
The Military Police do not conduct investigations and forensics; they rather act as a deterrent against crime. They usually appear heavily armed whilst on patrol or stationed in a static position.
Military Police officers are actually reserve soldiers of the Brazilian Army and in case of war or national emergency; they can be drafted into service.
The “Força Nacional de Segurança Pública” (National Public Security Force) is called upon in these situations and consists of Military Police officers selected from various states.