Coordenadoria de Recursos Especiais

The Coordenadoria de Recursos Especiais (Portuguese for Coordination of Special Assets), best known by its acronym CORE, is the police tactical unit of the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro State. It was formed on 4 July 1969 and is comparable to São Paulo's GOE.

Coordenadoria de Recursos Especiais
Core logo.PNG
Country Brazil
TypePolice tactical unit
Hostage rescue
Law enforcement
Special operations
Garrison/HQRio de Janeiro, Brazil
Mascot(s)M16 crossed and knife in the skull
Anniversaries4 July 1969


  • Operations against organized crime
  • High-risk arrests
  • High-risk VIP's escort


CORE helicopter – Bell Huey II

Its structure is composed of the following operating units:

  • Serviço de Operações e Táticas Especiais (SOTE) - Special Operations and Tactics Service
    • Seção de Snipers; - Sniper Section
    • Seção de Operações Táticas (SOT) - Tactical Operations Section
    • Grupo de Operações Especiais (GOE) - Special Operations Group
    • Seção de Operações Aéreas (SOA) - Air Operations Section
    • Seção de Operações Marítimas e Ribeirinhas (SOMAR) - Maritime and Riverine Operations Section
    • Seção de Gerenciamento de Crises (SGC) - Crisis Management Section
    • Seção de Treinamento Especializado (STE) - Specialized Training Section
    • Seção de Logística e Equipamentos (SLE) - Logistic and Equipment Section
  • Serviço de Apoio Policial (SAP) - Police Support Service
  • Serviço de Planejamento Operacional (SPO) - Operational Planning Service
  • Serviço Aeropolicial (SAER) - Air Police Service
  • Esquadrão Anti-bomba (EAB) - Bomb Squad
  • Serviço de Suporte Operacional (SESOP) - Operational Support Service


Armoured VehiclesEdit

Caveirão Armored Vehicle

CORE has armoured vehicles, popularly known caveirões, used mainly in operations where conflict with drug traffickers is likely. The main purpose of these armoured vehicles is to protect trim elements and destroy barriers used by drug traffickers. Armoured vehicles are still essential in supporting the rescue of trapped police units and in removing the wounded from confrontations.


  • MAULAZ, Paulo - Operações Especiais, Rio de Janeiro, PCERJ, 2006. (Port)


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