Panhandling Ordinance Enforcement
Release Date: Jan 10, 2013
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
John Schulz, Public Information Officer
Larimer County's new panhandling ordinance went into effect this week but Sheriff Justin Smith began implementing a three-step plan last month to phase in the enforcement of the ordinance.
The first phase of the plan, which started last month upon publication of the ordinance, had deputies handing out educational flyers and talking with affected individuals explaining the ordinance. "We want to make sure that everyone has a chance to understand and adapt to the new ordinance before handing out tickets" Sheriff Smith said.
Phase two of the plan, started this week, calls for issuing written warnings to violators. The warnings will hopefully serve as a strong reminder that there are now new restrictions to where panhandling can occur. An educational flyer is provided along with the warning. The warnings are recorded and repeat violators will be issued a summons.
The final phase of the plan is to start issuing a summons to violators. Violation of the ordinance is a Class 2 Petty Offense which requires a mandatory court appearance and may result in the assessment of surcharges/fines.
The ordinance does not prohibit panhandling but restricts where it can occur in order to reduce the public safety risk along public thoroughfares and roadways and deal with aggressive individuals.