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US Secret Service's new drinking, social media policies issued

world Updated: Oct 06, 2012 23:27 IST
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The US Secret Service, responsible for protecting the president and other leaders, has issued new policies regarding alcohol and social media use.

The new policies have come up five months after over a dozen agents were accused of getting drunk and partying with prostitutes in Colombia.

According to the new policy, agents can't consume alcoholic beverages ten hours before coming to work. While on official trips, agents are also not allowed to drink alcohol in the hotel where the president or any other person they may be protecting is staying.

The Washington Post obtained the written policies released to agency employees this week. They clarify what Secret Service leaders say were always part of its unwritten code of conduct, it reported.

A dozen Secret Service agents, who were responsible for Obama's security and members of the military, were implicated in the Colombia incident involving substantial amounts of drinking and payments to prostitutes last April.

After the scandal broke, 12 government employees were later flown back to the US a few hours before the president was scheduled to arrive for an international economic summit.