When it comes to the motorcycle chase scene of an Action/Adventure film through the metropolitan center of some foreign country the close calls and near misses are what makes the scene so breathtaking. Reality, however, exposes that bad guys don’t possess the same motorcycle skillset as they do in the movies. Go figure. Some helmet cam footage from São Paulo’s R.O.C.A.M. division provides some real-world footage of motorcycle chase scenes.


Apparently, these R.O.C.A.M. guys are pretty damn good riders!

After conducting some light, deep investigative research it’s come to be revealed that  R.O.C.A.M. (Rondas Ostensivas Com Apoio de Motocicletas) is the badass motorcycle division of São Paulo’s 1st Shock Police Battalion (Google translation). Created in 1982, R.O.C.A.M. uses motorcycles in lieu of four-wheelers to better chase the bad guys into hostile terrain. The small-displacement bikes decrease response time by allowing police to overcome obstacles and filter through city congestion in their pursuit of apprehending criminals.  

Not sure why in most of these videos the criminals are riding two-up on one bike; a passenger is only going to slow down the getaway. Guess it doesn’t matter where you live, criminals are generally not very bright. Note the lack of protective gear. Someone needs to tell them to steal a helmet before stealing the bike.

  • 12er

    What horribly trained officers, not one pounced on a suspect placing a knee to their neck, beating them sensless while yelling “stop resisting!”

    • tom

      HA!!! Thats funny there!

    • Tinwoods

      That’s because unlike the asshat criminals in this country, these losers actually gave up the moment they crashed. Our idiot criminals run, daring the police to be violent. They get what they deserve.

    • José Rodrigues

      These biological waste are actually more protected by the Brazilian law than law-abiding citizens themselves. Even more so if the human trash is under 18 yo; in this case, they are practically untouchable.

      Woe to the cop caught trying to “educate” or “instruct” the criminal on how wrong he is in his ways… But I don’t think it’s different from other western countries. What’s different in Brazil are the laws that protect the criminals so much, and how hard it is for them to pay for their crimes, and how worthwhile it is to be a criminal.

  • Douglas

    Wow, the IOM with street traffic and miscreants!. Wonder what the gendarme are riding? KLR’s w/street tires?

    • Ulysses Araujo

      Usually a brazilian version of XT 250’s and a local dual-sport Honda 300cc, but there’s a lot of XT 660 R’s too. Nice bikes to ride inside the city (potholes enough to pretend you’re in the Dakar around here)

  • Ulysses Araujo

    By the way, ROCAM means something like “Continual patrols with motorcycle support” (in case machine translation returns something wild). Criminals usually ride two-up to rob other vehicles (frequently other bikes): the pillion points the gun first and rides away.

  • Alexander Pityuk

    Lol, some of them are so funny. Like the last one playing hide-and-seek. But 3:37 is kinda disturbing – the criminal was so eager to surrender that made me think he was really scared for his life. Being shot there by cops is probably a very real prospect. Which, of course, is not surprising, considering in what conditions cops have to work there.