Secret Service tightens conduct rules post-scandal

April 27, 2012 - 6:25 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Secret Service circulated "enhanced standards of conduct" on Friday from Director Mark Sullivan in response to the prostitution scandal in Colombia. The document, obtained by The Associated Press, instructed employees to "consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks."

Highlights of the guidelines:

—Standards of conduct briefings for all protective visits and events.

—Briefings by the State Department in the region for Secret Service personnel upon their arrival about areas and establishments deemed off-limits.

—No foreign nationals, excluding hotel staff and official law enforcement counterparts, are allowed in hotel rooms.

—Patronizing non-reputable establishments is prohibited.

—Alcohol to be consumed only in moderate amounts while off duty on a (temporary) assignment and alcohol use is prohibited within 10 hours of reporting for duty.

—Banning alcohol consumption at hotel once the protective visit has begun.

—On at least some trips, two senior supervisors including one from the Secret Service's Office of Professional Responsibility will chaperone trips. Their responsibilities include briefing the standards of conduct prior to the departure and enforcing the rules in-country.

—To be eligible for travel, service personnel must complete relevant ethics training.