Paula Reid, shown walking next to the President's car, investigated the Colombian prostitute scandal
In other words, this woman who always wanted to be in law enforcement is now working to uncover and address the mess of nearly a dozen men run amok.
“She’s the ultimate boss for that whole region,” one agent told The Post. “You did it in her house, so you better know she’s going to come down hard.”
Although intensely private, Reid is interested in diversity recruiting. “The general public is intrigued to see a black female in my position," she told the online newsletter “Women for Hire.” “They always need to confirm that I really am a special agent. I enjoy being a role model for women and minorities.”
By now the details of the Colombian prostitute debacle are familiar: A shouting match erupted at the Hotel Caribe over payment after one agent gave a woman about $30 and she loudly demanded considerably more money. Other agents — who collectively raised about $225 in dollars and pesos to try to quiet her — had been carousing with a number of prostitutes after a night of boozy club-hopping that ended in various hotel rooms.
The scream-fest triggered what The Post called “the public uncovering of the most wide-reaching scandal at the agency in decades, according to government officials involved in the case.”
With a Secret Service spokesperson by her side, Reid told The Post, “I am confident that as an agency we’ll determine exactly what happened and take appropriate action.”
Moreover, “despite this current challenge facing the Secret Service, my job is to keep Miami personnel focused on our core protective and investigative missions. Anything less is counterproductive to the many critical functions we perform each day.”
There is also that not insignificant matter of bilateral finger-pointing going on from Capitol Hill to Cartagena, and all the media chatter in between.