A Provo City school resource officer has been dismissed after officials say he violated police policy when he wore a green Speedo-style swimsuit to a birthday party at Provo High School.
Officer Cody Harris was fired Thursday after an internal investigation, Lt. Mathew Siufanua said in a news release.According to the police department, Harris, who was a resource officer at the high school, violated multiple police policies when on May 2 he participated in a birthday celebration at the school clad in nothing but a green hoodie and a scant swimsuit.
Harris was supposed to portray a frog as part of a "Princess and the Frog" theme party. Officials said he volunteered to wear the swimsuit over a pair of leggings as part of the costume.
"Upon the day of the party, he indicated he was not able to fit into the provided 'leggings' that would have covered his legs," Siufanua said in the release. "Officer Harris made the conscious and independent decision to wear only a speedo/swimsuit and a green hoodie."
On at least four separate occasions, authorities said Harris removed his uniform pants in the presence of female students and Provo High staff members, revealing the swimsuit he was wearing. He also allegedly made inappropriate gestures and comments to individuals in the room. The incident was recorded by students and the school security system.
"In the course of his behavior, he left several individuals, who rely upon him as a school resource officer to protect them and watch over them, so uncomfortable that they sought to leave his presence and to remove themselves from his unacceptable and unwanted conduct," Siufanua said.
Siufanua said Harris violated five police policies, which encompassed guidelines for behavior and appearance in public, behavior toward members of the public, and also addressed sexual firstname.lastname@example.org