SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City law enforcement officers will be following new written policies for dealing with hospitals across the valley, the police chief said Thursday.
The new procedures are a direct response to a July 26 incident when a Salt Lake police officer roughly arrested University of Utah Hospital nurse Alex Wubbels after she refused to draw blood from an unconscious patient without a warrant.
The protocol is similar to a University Hospital policy released Wednesday that states that officers arriving at a hospital facility to work with a patient not in custody should contact the hospital's Customer Service Office, which will locate the on-duty house supervisor.
The new policy for police departments and hospitals in the Salt Lake Valley outlines procedures for conducting blood draws, warrant service, evidence collection or witness and suspect interviews.
The Salt Lake police officer who arrested Wubbels, detective Jeff Payne, was fired Tuesday and his watch commander, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted.