Sergeant Terry Cherry


Sergeant Terry Cherry has been with the Charleston Police Department in Charleston, South Carolina since 2012 and is currently serving as the agency’s recruiter. Sergeant Cherry has applied evidence-based policing to drive changes in recruitment processes, policies, and marketing efforts. In 2020, she was selected as a National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) Scholar and was the recipient of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 40 under 40 Award. In 2021, she received the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) Ina Mae “Tiny” Miller Award for Innovation and was selected to serve on the working group of the National Policing Institute’s Council for Police Reforms and Race. She is currently a New Blue fellow and was recently chosen for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Emergence Program.

Her articles have been published in IACP’s Police Chief magazine, Police1, and in various academic journals. Sergeant Cherry holds a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), an MBA from Pepperdine University, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.