Police reduce panhandling arrests

February 4, 2013

Indianapolis police reduced arrests of downtown panhandlers nearly 60 percent last year by concentrating on repeat offenders. Tourism officials said arrests fell to 54 in 2012, down from 127 in 2011. Officers say they targeted several chronic aggressive panhandlers and entered them into treatment programs. Authorities say panhandlers would almost disappear from downtown streets if people would quit giving them handouts.