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Terry Cherry

Officer Terry Cherry has been with the Charleston Police Department for 8½ years and currently serves as the agency’s recruiter. In her role as recruiter, she developed a five-year recruitment strategic plan in compliance with the department’s racial bias audit and developed quantitative measures to track the plan’s success.

Officer Cherry has applied evidence-based policing to drive changes in recruitment processes, policies and marketing efforts. She was recently published in the July 2020 Great Ideas edition of IACP’s Police Chief magazine and was selected as a 2020 National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar. Officer Cherry holds a BA from UCLA and an MBA in global business with an emphasis on international finance and economics from Pepperdine University.

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