Terrence M. Cunningham


Chief Terrence M. Cunningham (retired) presently holds the position of Deputy Executive Director at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In this capacity, Chief Cunningham collaborates with the Executive Director to advance the association’s mission and oversees its day-to-day operations. His role involves driving the IACP’s initiatives to benefit its membership and the law enforcement profession through advocacy, training, education, and outreach.

With an illustrious 35-year tenure at the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department, including 17 years as Chief, Chief Cunningham brings a wealth of experience to his current role. Throughout his distinguished career, he served as President of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA) and held positions on the Executive Board of the MCOPA, the Greater Boston Police Council, and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. Additionally, Chief Cunningham is a founder and Past President of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC).

As a longstanding and active member of the IACP, Chief Cunningham served as its President from 2015 to 2016 and held positions on the Executive Board and Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management at Babson College, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Executive Education. Chief Cunningham holds both a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree.

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