Valerie Cunningham is the Deputy Chief of the Administration Division for of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. In her 25 years of service with the department, she has served in an executive role since 2010 as Interim Chief of Police (2016-2017), and Deputy Chief of both the Patrol Operations and Administration Division.
Cunningham rose through the ranks. As a Sergeant, she worked as an Internal Affairs Investigator, a district Narcotics Unit Supervisor, a Uniform Patrol Supervisor, and an Executive Officer to a Deputy Chief. As a Lieutenant she worked in the Homeland Security Division, Traffic Branch and Special Events Planning. Cunningham is one of only five women to serve as a motorcycle officer.
Cunningham attended Purdue University and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Exercise Physiology / Movement and Sports Science. She is a graduate of the 240th session of the FBI National Academy and the 48th session of the Senior Management Institute for Police. She is an active member of IACP and FBINAA.