Federal Railroad Police

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Federal Railroad Police
Polícia Ferroviária Federal
Abbreviation PFF
INIDE PFF emblem, the institute currently responsible for the Brazilian Federal Railroad Police
Agency overview
Formed 26 Juny 1862
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Federal agency Brazil
General nature
Specialist jurisdiction Railways, tramways, and-or rail transit systems.
Operational structure
Headquarters Brasília, Brazil
Sworn members unknown

The Brazilian Federal Railroad Police (US English) or Federal Railway Police (British English) (Portuguese: Polícia Ferroviária Federal) was a police agency founded in 1852 which was responsible for patrols and security on federal railways in Brazil, however the organisation does not exist formally anymore.[1]


This agency was created in 1852, by decree of the emperor Dom Pedro II being the oldest police agency on Brazil. Was created to protect all riches that were carried on iron rails. There are some proposals in the Brazilian Senate to reactivate this police agency, as it is considered important to national security. With the considerable amount of railway lines in Brazil being privatized in 1996, the function of this agency has become even more limited, leading to their gradual disappearance.

Federal Constitution[edit]

The Brazilian Constitution of 1988 brings in its article 144, paragraph 3º, a text where it mentions and it regularizes the presence of this institution: § 3º - the federal railway police, permanent agency, organized and maintained by the Union and structured in career, is intended, in the law format, to the ostensible patrolling of the federal railroads.[2]

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bndes.gov.br/SiteBNDES/export/sites/default/bndes_pt/Galerias/Arquivos/conhecimento/pnd/Priv_Gov.PDF Privatization in Brazil 1990-2002
  2. ^ The complete text can be read in WikiSource.

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