Statement of IACP President Terrence Cunningham on the Paris Attacks

As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), I am horrified and deeply troubled by the tragic events that have taken place in Paris, France. I, along with the membership of the IACP, mourn the lives of those who have perished and applaud the bravery and dedication of the law enforcement officers, public safety personnel and members of the public that responded to end this attack and aid those who had been harmed.

As the French National Police and other agencies in France continue their investigations and efforts to apprehend all those who aided in this despicable attack, I want them to know that they have the support of the global policing community.

Sadly, these events once again demonstrate the threat that violent extremism poses to communities around the world. It is clear that that no community and no nation is immune from the threat of violence and acts of terror. Successfully combating the threat posed by violent extremism will require that both law enforcement agencies and the public remain vigilant and that we ensure that all agencies have the resources, training and support they need.

Again, our thoughts and prayers are with the families, friends and colleagues whose lives have been devastated by this tragic and senseless crime.