US Secret Service Roles Out New Rules Hoping To Prevent Similar Event Like Columbia Prostitution Scandal
Washington, D.C. -
The U.S. Secret Service has rolled out new rules in an attempt to tighten any holes in the hope of preventing another scandal like the one in Cartagena Columbia in which agents became embroiled in a dispute with prostitutes that became public after local police called the US Embassy.
The agency's director, Director Mark Sullivan, outlined new rules to include:
Prohibition on agents bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms while overseas.
Drinking alcohol while on duty or within 10 hours of a scheduled duty shift.
Banning agents from visiting questionable or disreputable establishments, similar to what military personnel follow.
Twelve Secret Service agents and several US military officers were implicated in a night of sex and drink in the Colombian port city ahead of President Barack Obama's visit for a regional summit earlier this month.
All 12 of the agents have either resigned, been fired or forced to retire and the agency is now investigating reports of a similar episode in El Salvador in 2011 by another advance team.
Sullivan called the new rules more "common-sense enhancements" and said they were already partially in place covered by other rules and that they are a "refinements of existing rules."