Investigator Vince Elmore grew up in South Carolina, spent his summers in New York with his family, attended Orangeburg Calhoun College, and during his military career he was assigned to Fort Bragg NC, 82nd Airborne Division. During his 29-year law enforcement career he was a community policing advocate and a liaison with clergy and community groups working to assure transparency and accountability in law enforcement agencies in his area. Vince has completed thousands of hours of police training and has held multiple command assignments. In the last two years of his service with the Portland Police Bureau, Vince was pivotal in implementing policy changes brought about by the Police Bureau’s settlement agreement with the Department of Justice.
Vince is a highly respected leader and mentor in his community and is a current board member on Word is Bond, where he promotes building bridges to develop relationships between the police and young African American community members. He impacts the community through service in groups such as Inter-faith Peace and Action Collaborative, No Hate Zone and Community Peace Collaborative. Vince received the NAACP’s Community Policing Officer of the Year award in 2017, presented to him by Jo Anne Hardesty.