Is security for Alaska Electric Light & Power Co. employees really necessary?
In Sunday's paper there was an article on the front page about an AEL&P worker getting assaulted after getting out of an AEL&P truck.
AEL&P mentioned in that article that it is considering hiring security for its 60 full-time workers. I have to wonder, if this AEL&P employee and the AEL&P company is or was so scared for the employees safety that they may need to hire security, why did he or the company not file a police report?
In the article, it was said he did not file a police report because he did not want his name made public. In the police and fire section of the paper, there are no names given in the assault articles. In any other part of the paper, he, as the victim, has the right to request his name not be published in the paper, and "Juneau Empire would gladly respect that request" as editor in chief told me on Wednesday during a phone conversation I had with him prior to writing this letter.
Honestly, to me, it sounds like AEL&P should have called the cops. That's why they are there, to protect, and if the assault was really that bad, doesn't the man who committed the crime deserve a little time?
If AEL&P can afford to hire a security fleet for the 60 full-time workers, in office and out on the field, it can afford to help us with this extremely high rate in electricity. I believe if there is not a police report, there is no reason to hire security, and maybe that money should be used to help Juneau residents with their electric bills because AEL&P did not take proper steps to avoid a situation such as the one we are all facing today.
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