Following service in the Royal Navy, Vincent joined the Police in 1977, serving in Northumbria Police then Greater Manchester Police (
He held a broad range of portfolios at Chief Officer level, was a member of or chaired numerous ACPO Committees, and was a member of both ACPO Cabinet and Board of Directors. Regarded as a change agent, he conducted a series of acclaimed structural reviews during his police career. He also worked extensively with the media throughout his service and is a skilled wordsmith, best known for his prize winning articles on sailing.
Vincent is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) for distinguished police service in the 2007 New Year Honours list.
Vincent is a keen sailor and has been published in a number of sailing periodicals. He also carries out voluntary work in the Military, Education and Policing sectors. However, his greatest passion is spending time with his wife, daughters and granddaughters, particularly on their much loved family yacht Islay which he keeps in Scotland.