Mayor Homer Davis addresses the audience on what to expect during the Sumfest period in relation to crime and the State of Emergency at the Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest launch on Thursday May 17, 2018 at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts; (right, back) is host ZJ Sparks.

Mayor Homer Davis assures the public that crime will not be a deterrent to this year’s Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest. He addressed the concern at the launch of the annual reggae music festival on Thursday May 17, 2018 at the Iberostar Hotels and Resorts in St. James.

“With the upcoming Reggae Sumfest things are going to be smooth. I don’t expect any upheaval and normally over the years it has been peaceful,” said Mayor Davis.

The event which usually has the major stage shows extending over three (3) nights – first night featuring dancehall and the 2nd and 3rd nights being international nights will be adjusted to Festival Nights 1 and 2 this time around.

In the event that patrons attending the festivities are stopped by law enforcers due to the extended state of public emergency which will be in effect during the course of Reggae Sumfest, Mayor Davis is advising persons to be as cooperative as possible and encourages everyone to have proper identification at all times in their possession.

“Walk with your ID so that you can identify yourself if you are stopped by the police. And if you’re stopped by the police don’t be disrespectful even if you believe they are being disrespectful (to you), just stand your ground and remain mannerable and polite,” encouraged Mayor Davis.

He believes that based on the past people will be safer this time around during Reggae Sumfest as that period since its inception has been known to have fewer crime rates. He also reiterated that the St. James Municipality Corporation is partnering with Reggae Sumfest this year.

The Reggae Sumfest launch was hosted by ZJ Sparks and music was provided by DJ Jigga.

Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest is slated for July 15-22, 2018.