Police bodyguards are protecting Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale after a number of undefined incidents, according to the premier’s office.
Although officials in Dunderdale’s office stopped short of saying the premier has been threatened, they told CBC News that a couple of incidents since Dunderdale became Premier in December have underscored the need for heightened security.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has been assigned to protect the premier.
"Under the circumstances and what's happened in the most recent months, the RNC has been working with the office of the premier and we've determined that it is necessary to take precaution," said RNC Const. Suzanne FitzGerald.
Dunderdale is not the first premier to have a security detail.
RNC officers were also assigned to Danny Williams during a tense protest by crab fishermen in 2005.
A Corner Brook man was convicted of uttering threats against former premier Clyde Wells, who was in office from 1989 to 1996.
In the late 1980s, the RNC assigned one of its officers to accompany then-premier Brian Peckford, who expressed concerns about his security.