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Large entertainment events must use CCTV, says Davis

Published:Monday | October 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer
Homer Davis


entertainment promoters who are staging medium-size to large events in St James will be mandated to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) as part of their security measures under the ongoing state of public emergency in the parish.

According to Montego Bay's mayor Homer Davis, who is also chairman of the St James Municipal Corporation (StJMC), the new measures being implemented will form part of the conditions used by the StJMC to grant amusement licences for events being staged across the western city and the wider parish of St James.

Davis announced the new measures, which will take effect immediately, during a joint press conference on Friday which was hosted by the corporation, the St James police, the St James Public Health Department and the St James Fire Department.

"If you are having something that will attract 2,000 people, then the requirements are different. If it's 5,000, then the requirements and obligations are different, and I think when you reach to that, the major events, we will be requiring the promoters to have cameras affixed at these locations to protect their patrons and also to assist the police," said Davis.

"If there is a problem, these cameras will assist the police, the fire or the public health department, or the National Solid Waste Management Authority."


Small events not affected


He added, "If you are having a little party with 100, 150 people at your house, that's different, but don't tell me that you putting on a stage show, where you are expected to attract 2,000, and you don't have any [CCTV cameras] outside of the regular police and security arrangements. Most of these security firms can install these cameras."

Davis said, "I don't think you can put a value on the protection of life and property. I am sure that if persons going to these events know that these things are there, you might get more people attending. When people are having events, they have huge video boards and other things to nice up the place. They can do the same by installing workable cameras."