Letterkenny-based Garda Superintendent Vincent O’Brien is to retire on June 15th after 32 years in the force.
A native of Collooney, County Sligo, he joined An Garda Síochána in 1981 after obtaining his secondary education at Summerhill College and third level education at Sligo Regional College. In 1982 he began his career as garda in Lifford after having obtained his degree at the Garda College at Templemore, Co. Tipperary.
A year later, Garda Vincent O’Brien was transferred to the neighbouring station of Castlefin where he spent a year before being transferred to Ballyshannon Garda Station where he spent six years in the south of the county until 1990.
He was promoted to sergeant on his transfer to Pettigo in 1990 where he spent three years. In 1993 he was appointed Detective Sergeant in Donegal Town where he remained until 1995. He later returned to Ballyshannon Garda Station where he took over as sergeant in charge. In 1997 the father of two was promoted to Letterkenny Garda Station as Inspector. In 2002 he was promoted to the position of superintendent and transferred to Buncrana where he spent five years. In 2007 he returned to Letterkenny Garda Station where he has remained as superintendent for six years.