Chief Terry Cunningham was elected as the fourth vice president on October 1, 2012 at the 119th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police conference held in San Diego, California. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s largest and oldest organization of police executives, and is recognized as the professional voice of law enforcement.
The IACP is a nonprofit organization, and has a membership of over 20,000 people representing 9000 police agencies worldwide. These agencies are located throughout the earth in over 100 different countries. IACP leadership is comprised of active police executives in local, state, federal, and international agencies of all sizes.
The mission of the IACP is “to advance professional police services; promote enhanced administrative, technical, and operational police practices; foster cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police leaders and police organizations of recognized professional and technical standing throughout the world. The IACP shall champion the recruitment and training of qualified persons in the police profession and encourage all police personnel worldwide to achieve and maintain the highest standards of ethics, integrity, community interaction and professional conduct.”
Chief Cunningham will now advance through the various offices and leadership positions of the IACP. In four years, he will become the president of the IACP and serve for a one year term. He is eager to begin his first year in his new position and promises to continue to bring attention to the professional challenges, as well as the concerns of law enforcement across the United States and the world. Chief Cunningham will also be working with IACP partners in Washington to uncover progressive solutions to meet the evolving nature of law enforcement, both now and in the future.