Wilmington Police Rescinds Its Advisory Against Giving Money To Aggressive Panhandlers

The Wilmington Police Department has issued a statement rescinding its advisory that asked the public to stop giving money to panhandlers that use a confrontational approach.
The statement indicates that the original statement was not authorized by the Chief of Police.

“A news announcement was issued earlier today regarding the subject of panhandling. The information contained in the announcement was not authorized by the Chief of Police before it was issued. The Wilmington Police Department is rescinding this news announcement and apologizes for any misunderstanding or inconvenience it may have caused. The Wilmington Police Department recognizes that there are people in our community who need assistance. There are reputable community-based organizations throughout Wilmington who accept financial assistance and other forms of support so they can help others. Thank you.”

Original Story

The Wilmington Police Department has issued a statement asking the public to stop giving money to aggressive panhandlers.

“In order to curb the recent trend of Aggressive Panhandling occurring in the Center City area, the Wilmington Police Department is asking the public to stop giving money to subjects that use a confrontational approach.
Though Panhandling is not illegal according to City Code, the Wilmington Police Department is hoping to deter individuals that purposely use an intimidating demeanor while begging.”

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