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Wellesley police chief discusses gun control with President Obama

Posted by Evan Allen  January 31, 2013 09:49 AM

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Wellesley’s Police Chief Terrence Cunningham met with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden this month to discuss the president’s plan to protect children and communities from gun violence, according to a news update on the department website.

“Chief Cunningham met with President Obama and Vice President Biden in a candid meeting that discussed law enforcement’s future role in the president’s gun violence reduction plan,” said Officer Jenny Rowe in the update.

Cunningham spent most of the day on Jan. 16 in Washington D.C.

One of the elements of the president’s plan, she said, will be to increase the number of school resource officers in schools. The plan also calls for an increase in the number of police officers on the street across the country, she said.

The programs will be funded through federal department of justice grant programs, she said.

This was the first time that Cunningham met with the president, she said. He was selected to represent American law enforcement because he is the fourth Vice President of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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