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SLC mayor gets bodyguard in reaction to Orlando shooting

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Posted at 2:27 PM, Aug 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-18 17:18:48-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Mayor Jackie Biskupski has been given a bodyguard.

The Salt Lake City Police Department on Thursday confirmed to FOX 13 the mayor now has a security detail, which was assigned at their request, in response to the June shooting in Orlando that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub.

Detective Richard Chipping said there has been no direct threat leveled at Mayor Biskupski, but the police department was being proactive.

"We thought it would be a good idea," he told FOX 13.

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski puts up the first sign renaming a part of 900 South as "Harvey Milk Boulevard." (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski puts up the first sign renaming a part of 900 South as "Harvey Milk Boulevard." (Photo by Ben Winslow, FOX 13 News)

Biskupski is the city's first openly-gay mayor. Over the weekend, she married her fiancee, Betty Iverson, in a private ceremony.

Security for the Salt Lake City mayor is not unprecedented, mayor's spokesman Matthew Rojas said. Indeed, police presence surrounding elected officials has been elevated from time to time in response to events or threats.