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Secret Service Expands Ethics Training At JHU

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Dozens of Secret Service agents will be getting ethics training this week from professors at Johns Hopkins University in the wake of a scandal surrounding agent behavior ahead of a Presidential trip to Colombia.

The Secret Service had previously scheduled the training in Laurel, Md. for 20 agents, according to the Associated Press. It expanded the program after allegations emerged that 12 agents hired prostitutes in Colombia days before President Obama arrived in the country for a summit. Now about 100 agents will take part.

Agents are already now subject to new conduct rules following the scandal. They include prohibitions on drinking excessively or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms.

The Secret service says Johns Hopkins was an obvious choice for the expanded ethics training because it's worked with the agency in the past.

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