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Protection added for Newton mayor

Mayor Setti Warren of Newton has received additional security in recent days because of concerns about his personal safety, police confirmed Wednesday.

Warren, who usually travels with just a staff member, was accompanied out of City Hall after a Board of Aldermen meeting Monday night by a Newton police officer.

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The mayor’s office directed comments to the Police Department. “Due to concerns for the mayor’s personal safety, we are giving him a more watchful approach,” said spokesman Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker. “Mayor Warren has not received a specific threat, but a situation has recently arisen where we feel this proactive approach is reasonable at this time.”

Apotheker did not provide details on the security or what raised concerns. The matter is under investigation, Apotheker said. The Police Department has assigned officers to watch public officials in the past when concerns have arisen.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @fernandesglobe.
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