GJPD wants to change way city enforces panhandling

By: Alicia Gentile Email
By: Alicia Gentile Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The problem of aggressive panhandling is on the rise in our community. Local law enforcement wants to change the way the city enforces panhandling money and Monday they took steps to do it.

Officials from the Grand Junction Police Department sat down with City Council at their workshop meeting on Monday afternoon.

Police would like amendments made to the municipal code which prohibits certain activities related to panhandling money.

"There's some specific time, place and manner restrictions in this, again we can't ban it [panhandling], but we can set what we think is some pretty reasonable end measure restrictions to how it can take place," said Police Chief John Camper.

Grand Junction Police have been working on the proposed changes for three years. City Council says they agree with the police department's proposed changes and are taking steps toward amending the ordinance.

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