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  Military Police
by madvex

We were stopped at many military police roadblocks while traveling.

There are two kinds of police in Brazil, State and military. The state cops can be distinguished in Natal by the word ROCAM on their uniform. They generally travel in twos in buggy or by motorcycle. The military police are easy to spot, with automatic rifles (AR15s, FN FALs) at the ready and more of a military look about them.

All police in Brazil generally will not bother you too much if you are a tourist as they know you have no need to pay the Brazilian fines or tickets they might impose on you.

Of the four times we were stopped, all were at military roadblocks, and we had no issues. If you get stopped for speeding or some other driving offense, I can't comment on how that might turn out. Just obey the speed limits and you should be fine.

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  • Updated Jun 7, 2013
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