10/03/2013

Cop told not to wear uniform at daughter's school

The officer was shocked when his daughter's school principal said his gun and uniform concerned people

By PoliceOne Staff

MESA, Ariz. — An officer received a call from his daughter’s principal asking that he never again come to campus in his police uniform.

Other parents who had seen Officer Scott Urkov at Entz Elementary School wearing his police uniform and carrying his service weapon apparently felt uncomfortable and spoke with the principal, according to My Fox Phoenix.

Urkov, who was shocked by the request, took to Facebook, saying, “Nothing like your kids school calling and asking if I could not come to pick up my daughter in uniform cause parents were concerned when their kids came home telling them there was a man at school with a gun. Are you freaking kidding me?”

 Other parents believed children should feel safer with a cop present.

“Even if my kids saw that, I think they’d feel more protected to see a man in uniform at their school,” said parent Blaine Spencer.

The school district has since called the incident a “teachable moment” and invited the officer to come to the school to talk about what police do for the community, according to the report. 

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