November 11, 2017, Roger E. Nelson

Morning Session: Private security/private investigating

At one time or another, officers of the law, guns, private investigations, gangs, and drugs show up in our books. The accuracy of the way we write about the vices of our world helps readers connect with our story.

Do you know what your hero does to protect your heroine or what the life of a private investigator is really like? With all the shootings at malls, concerts, and movie theaters, what is the retail and hospitality private sector security doing to keep us safe? What are the conditions and liabilities of owning a firearm? Roger Nelson can answer these questions and more!


Roger E. Nelson

Roger Nelson has over twenty years of private security experience and is currently the Vice President and Managing Partner for Arrow Security’s Florida operations. Before his relocation to Florida, Roger was the Director of Safety and Security for DF Marine, LLC/Danfords Hotel and Marina in Port Jefferson, New York. Roger worked for several Fortune 500 companies in the New York Metropolitan area.

His career has included conventional retail security, loss prevention, high risk protection, special event security, and hospitality security, as well as private investigation and executive protection.

Roger resides in Brandon, FL with his wife and 2 children, and moonlights as a comedian.

Afternoon Session: Police/gangs/prisoner transport

After lunch, Ken Vazquez will resolve the myths versus realities of general police practices and describe the differences between an officer and a detective. He’ll give us insight into gangs and narcotics and what emotions and conflicts run through an officer working on a Gang Task Force or Vice team. Don’t leave out these important elements to your story.

Kenneth Vazquez

After serving his country in the US Army Infantry Division, Kenneth worked with the Puerto Rico State Police Department for four years and then moved to Connecticut and became a Hartford Police Officer in the Field Patrol Division. He joined the Crime Suppression Unit focused on drug activity, which led to his assignment to the “Gang Task Force” Unit in the 90s. As part of that unit, he targeted gang and drug activity, including extortion, prostitution, narcotic trafficking, home invasions, assaults, drive by shootings, and murder.

He was promoted to Detective and worked closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms during which time they recovered approximately 1.5 million dollars worth of drugs and 500 firearms, in addition to half a million dollars cash seized.

After eighteen months in the Gang Task Force, he transferred to the Vice and Narcotics Division where he finished his law enforcement career in 2008.

Since his retirement, Ken has continued to provide security and protection while working in the private security and personal protection sector, as well as in prisoner transport.