Gun Scare: Arizona Police Officer Told Not To Pick Up Daughter From School When He’s In Uniform

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Scott Urkov is a municipal police officer for the small town of Coolidge, Ariz., a bedroom community in rural Pinal County that’s roughly midway between Phoenix and Tucson on Interstate 10. His daughter attends Entz Elementary School in the huge Phoenix suburb of Mesa. Urkov does a lot of driving and, like many people living in the car culture of Southern Arizona, his schedule can be pretty tight.

But now he has to decide whether he’ll carve out a little extra time before picking up his daughter from school to comply with a bizarre request from school administrators. The essence of that request is: “Don’t wear your uniform or bring your service weapon when you come; you’re scaring us.”

Urkov received a phone call from school officials after someone saw him drop his daughter off at school while wearing his uniform, according to KSAZ-TV. The school asked him to stop showing up looking like a cop.

That didn’t sit well with Urkov, who took to Facebook to vent his frustration.

“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,” he wrote. “Are you freaking kidding me?”

A spokesperson for the Mesa Unified School District told a reporter that “some parents” had voiced concern to the principal after seeing a uniformed and armed officer on campus.

Predictably, the publicity has favored  Urkov instead of the school. Just look through the recent posts visitors have been leaving on the school system’s Facebook page.

The district’s idea of damage control is to turn their blunder into a “teachable moment” — not for school officials and terrified parents (if there really are any), but for students. The school hopes to invite Urkov to come to speak to students in a special assembly about what police officers do for the community.

That could open a whole other can of worms, but that’s also another story.

The Coolidge Police Department has reportedly advised Urkov not to comment further.

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  • vicki

    From the OP:

    “you’re scaring us.” Which is just like saying “you’re offending us.”

    The policeman could show up in plain clothes and no weapons and the school could STILL say “you’re scaring us” or not. All the power to change and not be scared is in the hands of the school administration and / or the parents and students.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      Parent no longer have a say in this…That change started back in the 1970’s…See my post above for elaboration on this…

      • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

        The Department of Public INDOCTRINATION…Was hatched by the Ultra Brilliant…NOT…Jimmy The Peanut Farmer Carter…Who was/is an INCOMPTENT FOOL…Who to this day does not know that he should shut his mouth…

        • JimH

          The Dept.Of ED. came about in 1978.
          It’s amazing how many people got educated without their “help”.( I use the word “help” facetiously.)

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            I was one of those that got an education before the Department of Indoctrination was Hatched..

          • JimH

            Class of 76, here.
            I made it under the wire, before the indoctrination started.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            As a Former teacher of 15 years starting in 1967… and my wife who taught 31 years starting in 1968…We both saw the beginning of this change from Public Schools to what are now PUBLIC INDOCTRINATION CENTERS… Start in the late mid to late 1960’s…It was not real easy to spot unless you saw it from the inside…But small changes were taking place… It was in the late 1960’s and early 1970’d that the Teachers Unions started to gain Power and Control…As they gained more Power…Real education was becoming secondary to the Union Activities…and as that grew so did the Push farther to the left…that had already started in the 1960’s in the colleges and universities…Aided by the Vietnam War protests that disguised the true agenda of the organizers who were simply True Marxist Socialist Communist…

          • JimH

            The first eight years I was taught by Nuns. No teachers union there. I didn’t appreciate at the time, the opportunity that was given me. They taught us to think for ourselves and problem solve on our own.
            Public High School that was a different experience.

          • ChiefBoring

            High School/Navy, 1956.

        • 5live5

          Freedom, did you know during his term, all the prostitutes left DC? No way in he!! they were gonna work for peanuts!!!

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            But they all came back when the SEX PERVERT…Slick Willie came to Town…

          • 5live5

            Hell, most of them ran scared from HIM!!!

        • ChiefBoring

          The Departments of Education and Enegy were the worst things Carter ever did.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Jimmy The Peanut Farmer Carter…was an Incompetent IDIOT….He must have eaten to many peanuts…and the NUTS WENT TO HIS HEAD…

          • ChiefBoring

            Now, now, Freedom; you don’t get through the Naval Academy and become an engineering officer aboard a nuclear submarine by being stupid. old Jimmy just had some weird “progressive” ideas stuck in his head. maybe he got them from Adm. Rickover; he was a strange bird. And Jimmy is still working with Habitat for Humanity. He’s a better EX President than he was as CINC.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            Book learning…IQ…Etc…do not translate into Competents…He was TOTALLY INCOMPETENT as a President…Even those in his own party at the time like old Tip O’Neil etc wondered about what was really going on in the Whtie House…And I was no fan of TIP…and most of rest of them…
            As many people have said many times that he should put his nail apron on…and build houses…BUT AFTER 30 YEARS HE STILL CAN’T SHUT HIS BIG MOUTH…OR STAY OUT OF THE AFFAIRS OF THE GOVERNMENT…

          • ChiefBoring

            Freedom, I never said Jimmy was a good President; just that he wasn’t stupid. BHO isn’t stupid, he’s just an arrogant narcissistic bully who wants his way, and cannot say a whole sentence without his teleprompter. I did say Jimmy was a better EX president than President. we are not really in disagreement as to results.

          • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

            The “Little Boy Dictator” is an ARROGANT NARCISSITS…who when he does not get HIS WAY…He throws another of his all too Famous TEMPER TANTRUMS…Which is what he doing now… I avoid listening to him…but when I see some video of him attempting to speak W/O the teleprompter…he sounds like a Little Kid…that can’t yet speak a coherent sentence…And they ridiculed Bush for not being able to speak properly??????

  • independent thinker

    If officer Urkov should decide to speak to the students he should show up in uniform with his pistol and all other gear plus he should bring his long gun(s) from his vehicle if he has them.

  • ibn insha

    Don’t call police when you find yourself in danger because an armed police officer may scare you more than an armed criminal. No wonder criminals are out of control.

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      If a Criminal came in and was starting the shoot the place up….These BRAIN DEAD BOTS….would probably call the “Little Boy Dictator” in the White House for help…

    • FreedomFighter

      Replace local school boards members, vote them out, have new hand picked school board members replace offensive school staff. Then cut or raise salaries based on performance of duty. Watch how fast and much better your local school system will be, probably destined to be the highest rated in your state.
      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

    • equestrian_colt

      Well your statement is true cause if you defend yourself against a criminal your the one who goes to jail and spends $100,000s defending your God given rights.

  • steven

    Obama voter’s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      They are the extension of the :Litlle Boy Dictator”s” BRAIN DEAD BOTS…

  • HueyDude1

    I take it this county/city doesn’t have any “Officer Friendly” visits to their elementary schools. When I was a kid, we always had them. As a matter-of-fact, my kids still do even though they don’t go by that term anymore. They had a K-9 unit doing demos less than two weeks ago.
    Of course, I live in a state where the parent (non-police) can conditionally bring a weapon on school grounds, as long as the weapon doesn’t leave the vehicle, and the parent is only picking up or dropping off their child. Uniformed police can carry them all day long. No school shootings here.

  • TexRancher

    Public schools; The dumbing down of AMERICA! Idiot moves like this are occurring all over the U.S. School districts have become little fifedoms of the superintendent. I saw it personally here in Texas with a stupid fight with the Alvin school district that had (has?) an unwritten, unpublished rule that children enrolled in licensed daycare facilities forfeit their taxpayer funded school transportation benefits. That meant my grandson, from his FIRST DAY IN SCHOOL, who lived 9 1/2 miles from the school OUT IN THE COUNTRY was refused a ride to and from school ON THE BUS HE WAS ASSIGNED TO FOR THREE YEARS WITHOUT AN ALTERNATIVE except for me to see that he got to school. That was two 19 mile round trips a day all the while the bus he was assigned to, but not allowed to ride went right by the daycare center twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon.

    Did I go before the school board? Absolutely many times and was lied to and they made it clear they didn’t like hearing from me. I went to TEA (Texas Education Administration) with a 102 page complaint right out of education code chapter and verse and I learned that in Texas, if a child gets educated, it’s not because of TEA, but inspite of TEA! That the function of TEA is the enrichment and protection of Administrators! Did I go before my State legislator, Dennis Bonnem? Absolutely and he stabbed me in the back as his aid was newly retired from AISD and the superintendent’s little buddy!

    My home was under servailence, I was followed on the road and when those tactics failed, they filed false charges against me which BTW, when I showed up represented by a former prosecutor they got a continuence and the case WAS NEVER CALLED as the prosecutor and judge are all in cohorts with the school district!

    Little did I know that this may have been the precurser of the liberal destruction of our public school systems which should be run by the people.

    How many more stories of idiot actions by school systems in this country are out there? How do your State school districts stack up? Better find out!

    • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

      As a former teacher of 15 years… starting in 1967…I saw the beginnings of this dangerous path that we are on… You are so correct in everything that you said…What I saw and what my Wife saw in 31 years teaching…Was that Schools….NOW PUBLIC INDOCTRINATION CENTERS…Would publically make the statements that we want parents involved in their child’s education…..UNDERNEATH IN PRIVATE….THE COMMENTS WERE MORE LIKE…..GET THOSE DAM PARENT OUT OF THE WAY…SO WE CAN COMPLETE THE JOB OF INDOCTRINATION….

  • Guest

    OMG, I saw a man wearing a gun, had a badge, and was carrying a WHISTLE!!! I thought I would just have a fatal heart attack right then and there. I want drug dealers, homo’s, and libterds for teachers, not people that uphold the law on campus. Who allowed this man to have a daughter anyway? Not in line with policy. I am just REALLY GLAD he did not have one of those felenous FISHING POLES in his hand, someone might have said he looked like Moses. Just how far is this crap going to go before Libterd heads start to roll?

  • http://www.thefreedomtrainusa.com/ FreedomTrainUSA

    There is only Two Words that comes to mind….LIBERAL INSANITY…

    We do not have schools anymore…WE HAVE PUBLIC INDOCTRINATION CENTERS…And as the Control of the message of INDOCTRINATION Grows….THE OUTRIGHT STUPIDITY OF IT BECOMES UNBELIEVABLE…

  • CWA

    That’s right, police are NEVER parents. The only reason an armed cop would be on campus is to shot someone.

    • CWA

      I don’t know who voted down on my comment, but I have a question: Are you incapable of understanding sarcasm? I wonder if you believe that I meant it literally.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Sarcasm is very difficult to transmit by print. There are also a few cop haters on this site that believe their world would be Utopia if there were no cops.
        Hang in there, this is a good site for Conservatives and Libertarians and anyone with common sense.

        • ChiefBoring

          IF the police around you are as bad as you think, then you need to work to replace the Chief and retrain the department.

    • Lou Alice Collins

      I got it CWA. It’s the one before you that I had words for. I’m used to facetiousness. Well done.

  • IBCAMN

    does anyone see what this is about?kids are getting smart when it comes to cops.cops are not our friends anymore,they are all just revenue generating thugs with a badge and legally armed!.ive been teaching my children for decades not to trust the police.and i was right for all those years,cops are corrupt and they are out to protect themselves and not the public!they shoot first then ask questions of others next!they say we are all nuts and crazy and use that as the excuse for them to kill us!they love to shoot and taser us for no reason,even when we are in cuffs!you know that to be true!
    this is why they don’t want that cop on school grounds with his costume and gun on!!these people see right through them!,what happens if they go nuts and start shooting teachers because they look suspiciouse or are out smoking on school grounds on their break?i don’t trust cops,period!

    • Don 2

      You’re off the wall IBCAMN.

    • paendragon

      STOP RESISTING! STOP RESISTING!

    • Lou Alice Collins

      You sound as if you’ve been personally shot and tasered a lot. Just not enough, it seems. You can still spread your ignorance and venom. I’m the mother of two police officers and they would never hurt anyone in the world, unless you’re the bad guy trying to harm someone else. Yes. there are doubtless a few bad apples, but there are those in every profession. Where would be if no one were brave enough to protect us from evil and fight our fires and TEACH OUR CHILDREN? Now, those are the brave ones, because of parents like you teaching them to hate other people, especially the ones there to help them.

    • 5live5

      What were you arrested for that caused your distrust of ALL cops?? Remember, Baretta said ” don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time”!

    • ChiefBoring

      I feel really sorry for your children, being raised by such an idiot! Most police officers are fine, upstanding citizens, your neighbors and family members among them. One was best man at my wedding, and I have knowm many good ones. Granted, there are a few dunderheads, particularly the ones who try to stop people from videoing their activites.

    • Texas Jeep

      IBCAMM:
      They make a pill for your condition and all of us can tell that you are not taking it.

  • grumpyolman

    I live in Prescott so I sent an email to the Mesa School District telling them that this principal should be fired, along with the rest of the school board if they continue to act like ignorant liberal ravers. And I informed them that I would remember their actions during the next election when there is a ballot measure to increase funding for schools.

  • http://jimsjustsayin.blogspot.com Jim Henderson

    The officer is guaranteed the right to carry his weapon, by Arizona law: http://www.azleg.state.az.us/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/38/01102.htm&Title=38&DocType=ARS

    • vicki

      He is also guaranteed the right to carry his weapon by the SUPREME law of the land that Arizona is a part of. (See Amendment 2, US Constitution)

      • rocketride

        But even those who consistently violate the aforementioned carve out exceptions for their enforcers/bodyguards.

  • ChuckS123

    If the principal is threatened by criminals, will he tell police to stay away? Is he involved with something illegal, and therefore afraid of the police?

  • Alan

    Gee….what are the progressives going to do once the Police State has fully matured and there is a group of armed soldiers on every corner?! There’ll be no escaping the presence of guns then. Unbelievable! Every day our society grows weaker and more flaccid of character. Imagining the scenario which must have unfolded when this child informed their parent of the “man at school with a gun” is almost beyond comprehension. I’d learned very early on what a police officer was. How could these children not know any different?

    • ChuckS123

      They may not need police everywhere. Socialism is good for dictatorships. If you want food, clothing, shelter, medical treatment, transportation, education, and/or a job, you have to go to the gov, which owns or controls everything.

      • paendragon

        Right, because then all the criminals will have government jobs!

        • 5live5

          you mean most of them don’t NOW?????

          • paendragon

            I said ALL; right now, a few of them are non-governmental!

      • Alan

        Very true ChuckS123! There truly are more ways than one to skin a cat.

      • rocketride

        They never control everything.
        Show me a dictatorship and I’ll show you a black market. . .

  • paendragon

    These libtarded freaks hate guns so much they even want to ban cops and military from having any! Leaving only criminals and terrorists to have them!

  • JW IN THE DESERT

    Thats probably the california L.A. transplants that are out here now.

  • JW IN THE DESERT

    …Sounds like the same people that saw me on the Harley at a intersection and asked…”how come you carry a gun?” my answer was: “because I can”…

  • wvbh17

    No Bill you are totally right! They are all brain dead..

  • 5live5

    does this mean if they have a gunman show up at the school, threatening the kids that they want the police to leave their guns at the station??? what fools these humans(?) be!!

  • pnwdave

    Only in “progressive” America, I guess.

  • ChiefBoring

    “The Coolidge Police Department has reportedly advised Urkov not to comment further.” Good grief! Does this officer’s employer not know of the First Amendment? They should be supporting him, not trying to silence him. If he goes to speak at the school, he should be sure to wear his uniform and weapon.

  • jag

    That’s a bunch of sick critters teaching fear of cops in the schools! Who the hell are they supposed to trust to protect them, if not the cop! Heck can’t say I trust them that much either,but FREE POLICE PRESENSE AT SCHOOL, WOW! Now I know the schools can’t b trusted!