Thursday, May 21, 2009

Panhandling Crackdown

Today Syracuse Police began a two week sweep of handing out warnings to panhandlers on city streets and highways. Although there is a state law prohibiting people from begging in the streets or on medians, many still continue to do so.

Initially police will be giving warnings to people and handing out a list of resources as well. Syracuse Police want help from local homeless advocacy groups and service organizations to act as intermediaries, making the process more agreeable to all parties involved, the Post-Standard reported.

"It's going to be done as compassionately as we know how," said Syracuse Police Lt. Joe Cecile.

Police say part of their mission is to gather more information about panhandlers to find out how many of them are actually homeless.

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