Chief Cunningham's Bio

Chief Terrence M. Cunningham
Wellesley, MA
President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police


Chief Terrence M. Cunningham has over 30 years of experience as a police officer, with more than 15 years as Chief of Police. During his distinguished career in professional policing, he has served as President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Vice President for four years and Chairman of the Legislative Committee for eight years. 

Chief Cunningham is currently the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).  He previously served three years as Vice President of the IACP before becoming President in 2015.  He is currently a member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. Chief Cunningham is a founder and past President of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (Metro-LEC). He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the New England Association of Chiefs of Police, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, FBI National Academy Associates, Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), Massachusetts Police Accreditation Coalition, Massachusetts Police Association, American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and the National Narcotic Officer's Association.

Chief Cunningham is a graduate of the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management at Babson College, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar at Quantico VA and Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. He holds both a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Master's Degree.