Beavercreek’s new law banning panhandling goes into effect today. City Council passed a ban on panhandling within the city limits last month. Violators face fines and even jail time for repeat offenders.

In November, Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers told Council that due to the increased prevalence of panhandlers within the city limits of Beavercreek, new regulations are needed. Before the ordinance passed and went into effect, Beavercreek Police were limited as to what they could enforce to discourage panhandlers from approaching people on private and public property. This new section of the Beavercreek Code of Ordinances will regulate restrictions and prohibitions of panhandlers to ensure the safety and security of the public.