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Adequacy of USSS’ Internal Investigation of Alleged Misconduct in Cartagena, Colombia

Executive Summary

In April 2012, United States Secret Service (USSS) employees were in Cartagena, Colombia, preparing for a Presidential visit to the Summit of the Americas. during these preparations, several USSS employees were suspected of soliciting prostitutes. In response, USSS took the following steps: (1) managers in Cartagena responded to the alleged solicitation; (2) USSS’ internal affairs office investigated the alleged solicitation; and (3) USSS revised policies and supervision staffing for protective visits. We assessed USSS’ response to the alleged solicitation of prostitutes by its employees.

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