Terrence M. Cunningham
Chief Terrence M. Cunningham (retired) currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In this role, Cunningham is responsible for working in conjunction with the Executive Director to advance the association’s mission and oversee the day to day operations of the IACP. He works to advance the association’s efforts to serve its membership and the law enforcement profession through advocacy, training, education, and outreach.
Cunningham served the Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department for 35 years, 17 of them as chief. During his distinguished career in professional policing, he has served as president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association (MCOPA), and formerly as a member of the Executive Board of the MCOPA, the Greater Boston Police Council, and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a founder and past president of the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council (MetroLEC).
Cunningham is a longtime active member of the IACP, and served as president of the IACP from 2015-2016, and as a member of IACP’s 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.
He holds both a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and a master's degree.