Police Response to Aggressive Begging (Panhandling)

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Police Response to Aggressive Begging (Panhandling)
With recent economic uncertainty and the weather turning warmer the police department has experienced an increase in complaints of panhandlers...
With recent economic uncertainty and the weather turning warmer the police department has experienced an increase in complaints of panhandlers at major intersections in the city. In response, officers routinely check these locations to ensure that these individuals are acting in a lawful manner. Officers are encouraged to take time to speak with these individuals to determine if they need help and to offer information on programs which could provide them assistance in obtaining food, shelter, medical and financial assistance. In most cases our officers are familiar with and know the individuals by name and the struggles that they are dealing with. Unfortunately, in many instances, our efforts to provide assistance are refused.
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