Vince Canales

Law Enforcement Leader in Maryland

About Vince Canales

A longtime law enforcement professional in Prince George’s County, Maryland, Vincent (Vince) Canales currently serves as executive board officer and president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #89. Active with the Fraternal Order since 1997, he has diverse experience representing the concerns of active and retired law enforcement officers throughout the county. Vincent Canales is also a lobbyist and liaison for state and federal legislation pertaining to law enforcement. Before accepting his current role with the Fraternal Order, he held other leadership positions in the organization, including vice president, treasurer, and secretary.

Vince Canales complements his experience in law enforcement with an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Phoenix and a certificate in law enforcement from Prince George’s Police Academy. In 2010, he completed an executive education program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Over the course of his career in law enforcement, Vince Canales has been an honor guardsman with the United States Air Force, patrol officer, child abuse detective, and homicide detective. His service has been recognized with a Maryland Senate Proclamation and a Maryland House of Delegates Proclamation.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Works to Free U.S. Marine

A veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired law enforcement officer, Vincent (Vince) Canales has devoted more than 20 years to public service. Vince Canales continues to support his community by contributing to organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), which protects veteran’s rights and benefits.

VFW has been integral in developing veteran’s legislation, including a GI Bill for the 21st Century, and regularly advocates for veteran’s interests in Washington D.C. Recently, the organization has been working to free Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican jail after three months of incarceration. Mexican officials detained the marine after he allegedly crossed the border with firearms that weren’t registered in Mexico, an error that VFW’s national commander believes is being punished excessively. Following its unproductive appeals to government officials, the organization is pressing for economic action with a national boycott against Mexican goods. VFW hopes fiscal pressure will initiate negotiations for Sgt. Tahmooressi’s release.

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