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Even if they're not addicted to drugs, they're panhandling for alcohol, they're panhandling for cigarettes," said Police Chief Nick Willard in a letter to Manchester.
The last part of the strategy is to create alternatives to panhandling.
Amid concerns over the proliferation of panhandling, the City Council in June asked for a comprehensive plan to address public safety issues associated with the practice.
But such laws should be accompanied by a search for ways to help people break the patterns of behavior their panhandling enables.
Last month, in response to concerns about the proliferation of panhandling, the council asked the city manager to develop a comprehensive plan to deal with public safety issues associated with the panhandling.
O'Brien said it will also be incumbent upon the local social service community to discourage panhandling.
Three Worcester residents were asked about panhandling yesterday, and offered mixed reactions.