Wellesley Police Chief Terrence M. Cunningham completed his year long term as President of the IACP in October of 2016. The IACP presidential term runs for one year and the Chief was sworn into office in 2015 by FBI Director James Comey. Chief Cunningham served previously in the IACP as the Vice President for three years before assuming the primary leadership role as president. Chief Cunningham will now serve as the immediate past president of the IACP.
Chief Cunningham’s presidential term occurred during one of the most challenging times in policing history. Significant terrorism and violent attacks against both the public and specifically directed towards law enforcement have occurred in the last year on an International level, including Paris, San Bernardino, Dallas, Orlando, Baton Rouge, Brussels and Belgium.
Chief Cunningham, as part of his IACP duties, travelled internationally during his presidency and attended many conferences of International Police leadership. He attended meetings with INTERPOL, AMERIPOL, and EUROPOL. His travels took him to Rwanda, Mexico, Thailand, France, the Netherlands, and Canada. He also travelled extensively throughout the United States during much of the year.
In an effort to bridge gaps and work towards collaborative solutions between communities and the police, Chief Cunningham met with President Obama and Vice President Biden on several occasions. The goal of these meetings was to directly educate policy makers on the challenges that the police face every day, and not only create a meaningful dialogue with the nation’s leaders, but the general public as well. Chief Cunningham and the IACP also worked with members of Congress on many issues that are critical to public safety in the United States. Because of this, the Chief was featured on many national news outlets, including Face the Nation, CNN, MSNBC and FOX News.
Chief Cunningham was also part of the IACP’s new Institute for Community and Police Relations. This endeavor serves law enforcement and provides them with tools to promote a culture of transparency, accountability, and community engagement, the goal being to increase community trust. Additionally, the Chief and IACP worked to improve evidence based research within law enforcement, partnering with the University of Cincinnati to creates the IACP Center for Police Research and Policy The goal of this partnership is to develop evidence based research that will address critical policing issues and drive future law enforcement practices and policies.
Chief Cunningham will continue to take an active role in the IACP, serving as the immediate past president. The IACP is comprised of 27,000 active members spread out over 133 countries. Membership in the organization is at a record high.