In the wake of the aftermath of the Cartagena, Colombia incident in April, the Secret Service has not only terminated the employment of secret service agents, it has implemented a new policy regarding the consumption of alcohol and social media use.
If you recall, in April of this year, before the President arrived in Cartagena for a summit conference, several officers were abruptly sent home amidst a scandal that involved excessive alcohol drinking and hiring of prostitutes that were brought to secret service apartments.
According to an article on the Washington Post website, the April incident was the most embarrassing ethics-related scandal in the history of the secret service agency.
As a result, the agency created to protect the President of the United States, as well as dignitaries, has put into writing rules to regulate the drinking habits of agents.
Among the new written rules, agents are prohibited from drinking alcohol within 10 hours of reporting to duty.
Meanwhile, if agents are off-duty, on a temporary assignment, they are allowed to drink moderate levels of alcohol.
A description of “moderate levels” of alcohol was not provided in the article.
Additionally, in the case of a protective visit assignment, once the protective visit has begun at the protectee hotel, alcohol may not be consumed by the agent.
The secret service has added these additional rules in an effort to prevent any further incidents similar to the one in Cartagena, and also to provide structure, uniformity and clear guidelines for agents for current and future agents.
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Original Article URL: washingtonpost
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