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Xavier Johnson murdering five police officers and injuring nine others in Dallas at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter-organized protest against the police killings of the prior two days. Despite not always seeing eye-to- eye, Cunningham credits Obama with being supportive of law enforcement and adept at grappling with nuanced, complex situations and problems. Cunnigham's advocacy is based on more than his own views. His priorities reflect those of police chiefs across the nation. In the fall of 2016, Cunningham completed an eight-city tour to pinpoint the most press- ing issues facing police leaders, today. The number one problem communicated: the inability of police departments to recruit and retain officers. "Police do not have the tools and resources to deal with the majority of today's criminals who have mental illness and untreated sub- stance abuse, who are jobless and/or home- less." Cunningham explains that of the 986 fatal shootings by police in 2015, about 35 percent were of people with severe mental illness—underscoring the need to hire peo- ple who can also go into warrior mode as needed, but are critical thinkers and empa- thetic. Cunningham points to another hir- ing challenge—the difficulty of recruiting minorities when the law enforcement pro- fession is under siege as racist. "Every community wants a police depart- ment that reflects the population it serves. an interview with Terrence "Terry" M. Cunningham 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." 76 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

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