Gary Cunningham

Gary Cunningham is currently the Director of Safety and Security for Prince George’s County Public Schools, the 20th largest school district in the United States. He is responsible for the safety and security of more than 130,000 students, 16,000 teachers and faculty, and more than 200 facilities.  He began his criminal justice career working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations as a fingerprint examiner. Leaving that position to work in a more active role at the Baltimore City Jail as a corrections officer.   Ultimately joining the Prince George’s County Police Department, the 27th largest law enforcement agency in the nation.  During his career with the police department, he worked in Training and Education, Special Operations, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics Enforcement, Forensic Services, Homeland Security/Intelligence, Public Affairs, Community Policing, Commercial Robbery, Financial Crimes, Sexual Assaults, and Child Abuse and the Sex Offender Registration Unit.

While working as a lieutenant in the Criminal Investigations Division(CID) he oversaw the Special Crimes Section.  This section included the Sexual Assault Unit, the Sex Offender Registration Unit, Child Abuse Unit and the victim services unit. The section handled approximately 800 criminal complaints of sexual assaults and child abuse each year while managing the oversight of 350 registered sex offenders.  While there he recruited a group of volunteers to provide additional victim services to every victim of child abuse and sexual assault.   The advocacy group, known today as Community Advocates for Family and Youth,(CAFY) is still in operation today.  It provides victim services to all major crime victims.  Gary went on through the ranks to the position of Deputy Police Chief and retired after more than 25 years of service.

For 11 years he worked as the Deputy Director of the Department of Permitting, Inspections, and Enforcement focusing on the regulation of property standards, code enforcement, permitting, business licensing, and permitted inspections.  He brought his community-oriented approach to problem-solving to this assignment as he reorganized their processes and addressed community concerns.  He now leads the Prince George’s County Public Schools Office of Safety and Security Services and oversees approximately 250 safety and security personnel.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University’s Police Executive Leadership Program and received a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Management and Leadership.

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