ELIZABETHTOWN — Tracey Trivette, the owner of private investigations firm CVI, and Jerry Price, a private investigator with the firm, gave the Elizabethtown Rotary Club a presentation about the relatively new business in town.
Trivette told the group the full name of the business is Cerno Veritas, Inc and that the term Cerno Veritas is latin meaning to distinguish, determine or ascertain the truth.
Trivette then introduced Price, who spoke about his time spent working as an agent with the Secret Service and his service with the Marine Corps. Price said before he had his college degree completed, he had completed his background check for the Secret Service.
Price said upon graduating college, he spent the next 25 years working with the Secret Service, first in the uniform division and then as an agent. He said the Secret Service has a dual mission role — it was established in 1865 and, at that time, the agency did not perform presidential security service. Price said that changed in 1901 with the assassination of President William McKinley.
He explained the Service Service was originally created by President Abraham Lincoln to combat counterfeiters at the end of the Civil War.
The modern Secret Service does so much more, including protecting presidents, former presidents and all of their family members under the age of 18. He said the Secret Service also provides security for visiting foreign leaders.
Price also said that the Secret Service provides security services during the presidential campaigns, if they are viable candidate for the office and meet certain criteria.
“Trump has all of the Counter Assault Team support and sniper support as well as wand support,” said Price.
He said that the current mission of the agency has not changed much through the years.
Prior to becoming an agent, Price said he began his career with the Secret Service as a member of the uniform patrol division. After becoming an agent, Price worked on the presidential security detail among other roles.
Price said he had the honor of serving on the presidential security detail for several presidents including Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
He said when he left the Washington bureau office he went to the agency’s New York City office.
Price said he also studied computers on his own time. As a result, while he was working in the New York office, Price helped to established a new squad that dealt with electronic crimes
Price said he has also performed undercover work and computer forensics and has worked in the financial crimes division.
He added that, after the 911 terrorist attacks, he traveled to the World Trade Center to search for a co-worker killed in attack. He recounted how rescuers found his co-workers bullet-proof vest and he theorized that his co-worker was rendering assistance to the injured on the sidewalk in front of the World Trade Center when it collapsed.
Price retired in 2002 and served three years as a federal air marshal.