Easter celebrations at Fallet and Prazeres

Friday, May 13, 2021

by Charbelly Estrella


Cotton candy, bouncing castle, face painting, music, dancing and games – just a few examples of how different the afternoon of last April 20th was at the municipal day care center in the district of Fallet. The event was a partnership between the day care’s administration and the Pacifying Police Units of of Fallet and Prazeres.

The idea for the party – an Easter celebration – came from two UPP officers, soldiers Augusta and Fabiana: “We had the idea and so we spoke to Captain Elton, and he immediately gave us permission. We spoke to the Day Care’s admin and she thought the idea was great too. So this is the result. The kids are loving it. We are just beginning to show them that this police want what is good for the community. We want the children to grow up with this image of us,” said Fabina, with a big smile on her face, not hiding her satisfaction.

Fabiana’s and Augusta’s initiative spread to her colleagues, who collaborated to help them by popcorn and cotton candy. The celebration also counted on the participation of a few commercial establishments: the cake was donated by Supermarket Prezunic and the soda was donated by Supermarket Extra. But help also came from far away. A children’s party play team came from the district of Barra Mansa, where the mentors come from. Fabiana’s cousin and owner of the children’s party company, Lili, said that she didn’t think twice when her cousin asked her to help. “We live in the suburbs and we read about the UPPs on the newspapers. It was a good way to get a better understanding of the project and to cooperate. We are happy to be here. The idea is to make a difference, to help out. The community is very welcoming and the UPP’s work brings dignity to them,” she observed.

The initiative is a part of the new type of relationship that the pacifying police is trying to establish with the community. The officers try to get to known the residents better and explain their new role as providers for the community. Everyone benefits from it.

The day care’s administration also acknowledged the importance of the actions like this for the children’s development. “Our work here is more tranquil now. The kids are no longer exposed to all that violence. They had an awful idea of what the police was like. Now they’re having the chance to get to know a different police,” the principal Fabiola Daniel da Silva, who has been working at the day care for three years, pointed out.

During the party, kids were running all over the place, accompanied by their parents and the officers, who were having a hard time to keep up with so much energy. The whole troop was satisfied. There were officers helping with the toys, others were distributing food and drinks and other organizing the games. The integration was complete. The difficult part was convincing some of the kids that the party was over and they had to go home – after all, this is type of police action no one wants to cease.