ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Community Service Patrol may put barriers in its vans to separate men and women drunks and prevent sexual assaults on the way to the sleep-off center.
The Anchorage Daily News reports police are investigating a reported assault Wednesday, which followed an incident five days earlier in which a 44-year-old man was charged with assaulting a woman in a van.
The Anchorage Fire Department contracts with Purcell Security to protect intoxicated street people by getting them out of the cold and into a safe place for the night. The service costs about $1.3 million this year.
Fifty or more people a night sleep on the floor at the center at the Anchorage jail.