Captain James Cunningham
The Central Precinct is located in the heart of downtown Mobile at 55 N. Water Street. The precinct was established in 1992 and expanded March 2019 to accommodate the growth of the downtown area. Central Precinct serves as a specialized patrol precinct with specialized tactics and equipment.
Downtown Mobile is comprised of a central business district, an entertainment district, city parks and several residential areas. Events are held nearly every day throughout the year including conventions, concerts, art shows, markets and, of course, the largest celebration in Mobile – Mardi Gras.
With the expanded precinct, businesses and residents have community policing from officers on horseback, bike, foot and Segway patrols.
In 2020, officers responded to 10,324 calls for service.
Captain James Cunningham received a bachelor’s degree in Criminology / Criminal Justice from Auburn University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University. Cunningham joined the Mobile Police Department in November 2003. After graduating from the Mobile Police Academy, he was assigned to the First Precinct as a patrol officer.
In 2008, Cunningham was promoted to corporal. He was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and lieutenant in 2013. Cunningham served in supervisory positions while assigned to the Jaguar Unit, SWAT Team, Mounted Unit, Homeland Security and Tactical Intelligence before being assigned to the Central Events Mini-Precinct.
During these assignments, Cunningham was recognized for his hard work and received the Meritorious Service Award, Chief’s Unit Awards, Life Saving Award, Chief’s Commendations, and Officer of the Month.