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2016 was a year marred by extraordinary commu- nity/police tensions fueled by several shootings of minorities by police and shootings targeting police across the country. It was also the year Wellesley's Chief of Police, Terrence Cunningham, served as president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the largest police chief organization with 27,000 members. Addressing IACP members at their annual conference in San Diego, California on October 17, Cunningham called for an apology for the "historic mistreatment" of racial minorities in the United States: "There have been times when law enforcement officers, because of laws enacted by federal, state, and local governments, have been the face of oppression for far too many of our fellow citizens." Yet, Cunningham did not fault his fellow officers. "Those who denounce the police must also acknowledge that today's officers are not to blame for the injustices of the past." He asserted, "If either side in this debate fails to acknowledge these fundamental truths, we will be unlikely to move past them." He wrapped up his speech with a provocation, "All members of our society must realize that we have a mutual obligation to work together to ensure fairness, dignity, security, and justice. It is my hope that, by working together, we can break this historic cycle of mistrust and build a better and safer future for us all." 70 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 ON A MISSION TO REPAIR COMMUNITY/ POLICE RELATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer B R I A N S M I T H photographer an interview with Terrence "Terry" M. Cunningham