The U.S. Secret Service imposed new rules aimed at tightening oversight of its employees on international trips, banning staff members from bringing foreigners into their hotel rooms, drinking alcohol within 10 hours of duty, and visiting “non-reputable establishments,” the Washington Post reports. The agency distributed the list of 10 rules in a memo to employees, codifying what traditionally had been a largely unwritten code of conduct.
The changes were deemed necessary after 12 agents and officers were implicated in an incident that involved heavy drinking and payments to prostitutes in advance of President Obama's visit to Cartagena, Colombia, two weeks ago. Next week, the agency will hold ethics training for more than 100 employees, and more mandatory courses will be scheduled. The agency hopes to put all of its 3,500 agents and 1,400 uniformed officers through the training.