Secret Service Memo: No Booze 10 Hours Before Work

New rules also bar visits to 'non-reputable establishments'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2012 6:14 AM CDT
Secret Service Memo: No Booze 10 Hours Before Work
Secret Service stand watch next to President Obama's bus as he visits Minnesota on August 15, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Memo to Secret Service agents: no more drinking alcohol within 10 hours of working; no bringing foreigners to your hotel rooms; and, no going to "non-reputable" establishments. Those are just three items in a 10-point list of rules handed out to agency employees yesterday, as the Secret Service tries to deal with the aftermath of its sex scandal in Colombia, reports the Washington Post.

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“This sends a signal that, when in doubt, don’t do it,” said Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. And starting next week, there will be ethics courses for all—100 employees for now, but eventually getting to all 3,500 agents and 1,400 uniformed officers. The rules also stipulate that agents will be accompanied by "senior-level chaperones" on trips when the presidential limo is transported by plane, reports AP. Upon arrival, they will get country-specific advice on behavior. (Read more Secret Service stories.)

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