SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – The State Auditor’s office released a limited performance audit Tuesday of the Salt Lake City PD and found that in the case of Nurse Alex Wubbels, the department’s response was up to code.
The report states, “SLCPD’s investigation and discipline process of the Wubbels complaint was consistent with policy.” All protocol was followed, all the right people were notified, and it only took about half the time of a standard investigation.
Sargent Brandon Shearer said, “It wasn’t something that we waited until later on to deal with, it’s something that we took very seriously and the audit shows that.”
The audit recognized that this case was unique because of all of the public attention, and suggested more could be done in the future to keep the public’s trust during such a high profile investigation. The public called for an immediate firing of the officer involved, but it took the department months to dismiss him because of job protections for police officers. The report says, “The SLCPD should reassess the current tradeoffs between employment protections and addressing public concerns in a timelier manner.”
Sargent Shearer responded, “We’re going to review the findings of the audit, we’re glad they came and it’s something we’ll look into.”
Speaking of protections for police officers, the audit continues, “These employment protections… appear to heavily favor the officer to the disadvantage of the public and SLC taxpayers.”
News4Utah reached out to Alex Wubbels’ attorney, Karra Porter, and she said that she hopes the State Auditor will use more than one case to determine if the SLCPD is performing up to policy standards.
The full audit also covers the topics of Religious Accommodation Requirements within the department, and officers seeking secondary employment. You can find the information regarding the Wubbles case in section IV of the audit.