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Police Pacification Unit (UPP) officer XXX Pinheiro, left, and her patrol group, check ID's in Complexo do Caju, a complex of a newly pacified favelas in the North Zone, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, April 27, 2013. <br />
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In the early hours of Sunday, March 3, 2013, about 1,400 Brazilian security forces occupied 13 communities during a joint public security operation to install a Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in two Rio de Janeiro favelas, Complexo do Caju and Barreira do Vasco. Elite police units backed by armored military vehicles and helicopters invaded the neighborhood in an on-going policing program aimed to drive violent and heavily armed drug gangs out of Rio's poor communities, where the traffickers have ruled for decades. For the community of Caju, that is ADA (Amigos de Amigos).