Police officer asked not to wear uniform to elementary school

Oct. 10, 2013 at 4:53 PM

MESA, Ariz., Oct. 10 (UPI) -- An Arizona elementary school apologized to a police officer who was asked not to wear his uniform when picking up his daughter.

Coolidge Police Officer Scott Urkov said the principal of Entz Elementary School in Mesa contacted him after he picked up his daughter from the school while wearing his green SWAT team uniform with his gun strapped to his leg, KSAZ-TV, Phoenix, reported Thursday.

The principal asked Urkov not to wear the uniform anymore when picking up his daughter as some parents reported being frightened.

"I was definitely taken aback especially from what I just came from being at the active shooter drill, then going to another school and being told if I could leave my weapon and not wear my uniform when I pick up my daughter," Urkov said.

Helen Hollands, Mesa Unified School District, said the other parents were "concerned about that fact there was a fully armed officer on campus and they spoke to the principal about it."

Hollands said officials apologized to Urkov and welcomed him back to the facility to be part of an assembly while in uniform.

"We apologize that he took the discussion in the wrong way, it was not the intent of the principal to offend him," Hollands said.

Urkov said he sees the situation as a misunderstanding.

"I think it was misinformation that was provided to parents who called, and I think it's a moment everyone can learn from, and better ways the situation could've been handled."

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