Memphis Cracking Down on Panhandlers

MEMPHIS, TN - A committee for the Center City Commission in Memphis has approved hiring a private security force to patrol parts of downtown in an effort to curb aggressive panhandling.

The Safety and Security Committee approved hiring Memphis-based CDA Inc. to patrol for three months beginning April 30, the start of the city's tourist season.

The plan is estimated to cost $53,340 and still must be approved by the full CCC board, which will vote Friday.

The meeting Wednesday comes after a growing number of downtown residents, business owners and civic leaders say panhandling has gotten out of control.

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