Secret Service implements changes, reassigns agents in wake of recent scandals
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly reassigning a number of its agents and reinforcing alcohol policies following recent embarrassing incidents.
A Secret Service spokesperson told ABC7's Washington D.C. bureau that a number of agents were being reassigned after assessments related to two recent incidents of agent misconduct.
Just last month, the Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel.
In November, a senior supervisor responsible for about two dozen agents was accused of sexual misconduct after allegedly engaging with a woman he had met in the bar of the Hay-Adams Hotel near the White House, and even leaving a bullet from his service weapon in her hotel room.
The agency is also reportedly enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy with regards to alcohol. Agents are prohibited from consuming alcohol within 12 hours of a shift, and within 24 hours of the president arriving on a trip.
Other policies that would affect the entire workforce are also currently under review by leadership, the USSS spokesperson told ABC7.