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Police to go softly in panhandling enforcement

Nelson’s proposed panhandling bylaw will not be enforced in a strong-arm way.

That’s the message from Police Chief Paul Burkart who says it’s all about setting some boundaries and rules on the street.

The regulations propose no panhandling within 5-metres of certain locations, not after sunset and with a one hour time limit per location.

He says bylaw officers will educate and remind panhandlers before any fines are issued.

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Restorative Justice is also an option should fines not be paid.

Nelson council will pass the bylaw subject to reviewing the enforcement policy.

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