Prominent DJ Says Police Should Use Decibel Measuring Instruments before Shutting Down Events

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Attorney and Disc Jockey, Sanjay Smith says the authorities should begin to use decibel level measurements at events instead of shutting down a party when the noise is considered too loud.

Mr. Smith is reacting to an approved amendment in the House of Representatives on Tuesday that would see the shut off time for events extended from 2 am to 4 am on weekends and from midnight to 2 am during the week.

If passed in the Senate today, the extensions will be effective until January 31.

Permits granted to promoters restrict them to a certain time period.

But Mr. Smith says provisions in the Noise Abatement Act speaks to shutting down the event if it’s disturbing people.

Sanjay Smith, Attorney and Disc Jockey.

The Police currently don’t measure decibel levels at events.

That’s according to Deputy Commissioner of Police in Charge of Strategic Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Clifford Blake who was speaking on Nationwide this morning.

DCP Blake says the complaints from residents are a primary factor that’s taken into consideration when they shutdown an event.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake, in Charge of Strategic Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

They were speaking on Nationwide this morning with Kalilah Reynolds and Rodje Malcolm.

Meanwhile, DCP Blake says the Disc Jockeys have said they’re forced by patrons to turn up the music.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake, in Charge of Strategic Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Kingston’s Mayor, Delroy Williams says they’ll be looking at ways to apply the use of decibel level measurements at events.

He says the Municipality still doesn’t have enough entertainment venues.

He says they’ve been having challenges identifying entertainment zones in the city.

Delroy Williams, Kingston’s Mayor.



In 2018, Tauna won the UNICEF Media Award for Excellence in Reporting on Children’s Rights. She graduated from CARIMAC in 2015 and joined NNN in 2016. Since then, she’s covered several high-profile court cases including the X6 murder trial, the police death squad trial and is currently covering the Uchence Wilson Gang trial. Thomas is the Producer of Talking History heard on Nationwide Radio every Saturday.


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