The Brazilian government on Thursday launched a pilot project to fight violent crimes in five towns across the country.
The project called "Ahead, Brazil" involves joint actions by the federal government, as well as the administrations of states and towns, who planned to invest four million reals (959,000 U.S. dollars) for each town to tackle the crimes.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Justice and Public Security Minister Sergio Moro and representatives of local administrations signed cooperation documents at the launching ceremony in Brazilia.
The towns, which are located in Brazil's five major regions respectively, all registered significantly high murder figures in recent years, according to Moro.
The actions also sought to tackle the causes of rising crime rates, which may result in urban decay, said Moro.