IMPD finally decided to enforce the panhandling ordinance...on the same date of the first preseason Colts game.
Yes, IMPD spent time and manpower today looking for "aggressive panhandlers" downtown, according to Fox 59. This action comes after the Ballard Administration took a ton of criticism for not enforcing the current panhandling ordinance that is on the books while asking for a new, more restrictive ordinance. That more restrictive ordinance failed much to the consternation of Mayor Greg Ballard.
Visit Indy told Fox 59 "that nearly a dozen conventions have bypassed Indianapolis in the last year, in part, to excessive panhandling on downtown streets." Nearly a dozen? Is that 10, 11, or 8? Not being able to put a specific number on it bothers me. Furthermore, I'd have to think the city's high taxes on hotel rooms and high taxes on rental cars can't really help. Of course, we have Republicans and Democrats to thank for that one.
I still remain convinced that IMPD should have better things to do than trying to corral panhandlers. Perhaps if we spent money and attacked the causes of panhandling that we might have more success instead of spending money on law enforcement to fight it while it's happening. IMPD's staffing numbers are too low to worry about petty crime like panhandling.