Chief Constable Mike Cunningham

"I am humbled and delighted to receive this award. It is a great honour to be associated with the University and I look forward to continuing my involvement to demonstrate my appreciation."

Chief Constable Mike Cunningham

As Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police and with over 25 years’ in the Service, Mike’s extensive achievements in making our communities safer were recognised at the highest level when he was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal in the New Year’s Honours list 2013.

In 1984 Mike graduated in Theology from the University of Durham before entering the teaching profession.  His career took a change of direction in 1987 when he accepted a position with Lancashire Constabulary. After 14 years he was promoted to the senior role of Divisional Commander for Blackpool.

Successfully completing the Strategic Command Course in 2005, Mike returned to Lancashire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable, taking responsibility for operational policing. Nationally he has directed the police service through significant scrutiny in his roles as Lead for Professional Standards, and Lead for the National Policing Workforce Development Business Area.  Mike’s portfolio also features specialist operations, the investigation of serious and organised crime, and counter-terrorism and the role of Lead for the Association of Chief Police Officers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Mike was appointed Deputy Chief Constable in 2007 and in 2009 was promoted to Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police.

Throughout his career Mike has been a passionate and committed advocate of integrated partnership working and collaboration.  Under his leadership, Staffordshire partners have developed a fully joined-up approach to the critical challenge of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children.

His commitment to education has generated opportunities for Forensic Science and Forensic Investigation students to undertake formal research on placements with Staffordshire Police and despite a very demanding schedule Mike continues to deliver inspirational talks at the University and more undergraduates are becoming Special Constables.

He reflected, "Staffordshire University has a hard-won reputation for the pursuit of excellence.  The close working relationship we have enhances both parties and I am very pleased to have played a small part in this success.  I have seen at first hand the outstanding quality of those who graduate from Staffordshire University."

The award of Honorary Doctor of the University is bestowed upon Mike in recognition of his significant contribution to policing and law and order.  It also recognises his unwavering commitment as Chief Constable of Staffordshire Police to the Forensic and Crime Science department at Staffordshire University, our students and graduates.

He said: "I am humbled and delighted to receive this award.  It is a great honour to be associated with the University and I look forward to continuing my involvement to demonstrate my appreciation."