The U.S. flag flies outside Hotel Huis ter Duin, the hotel where President Barack Obama stayed Monday night, in Noordwijk, western Netherlands, Wednesday March 26, 2014. A Secret Service agent found drunk by staff at an undisclosed Dutch hotel was recalled to the U.S. along with two of his colleagues, the day before President Barack Obama was set to arrive in the Netherlands. The Secret Service said the three agents were benched on Sunday for "disciplinary reasons" but declined to elaborate. U.S. newspaper The Washington Post reported that the incident happened at Hotel Huis ter Duin but the hotel denies that any such incident happened at the hotel. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Secret Service has reassigned agents from its special operations division, including the top agent there, after a pair of embarrassing incidents earlier this year.The division has also changed the rules about when agents are allowed to drink before duty and on presidential trips.Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said the division's special agent in charge, Dan Donahue, was reassigned to another division.The Washington Post first reported the changes Tuesday night.The Secret Service says that in addition to transferring agents from special operations division, anyone assigned to the unit is barred from drinking within 12 hours of starting a shift. They also are not allowed to drink within 24 hours of a president's arrival on a trip.For now the new alcohol rules about drinking pertain only to the special operations division.Three agents were sent home from the Netherlands last month after one was found intoxicated in a hotel before President Barack Obama arrived to meet with foreign officials.It was the latest embarrassing incident for the Secret Service, which faced scrutiny from the White House and Congress after a prostitution scandal in South American two years ago.Two agents were involved in a vehicle crash in South Florida earlier this year during a presidential trip. The agents involved were not charged with a crime, although it was suspected alcohol was involved.Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has called the incident "isolated.""Director Pierson maintains a zero tolerance policy regarding incidents of misconduct," Donovan said.
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