M. Chris Herring has more than 31 years in the public safety field as a practitioner, professor, and consultant. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development and as a Criminal Justice Visiting Professor at North Carolina Central University. He has progressed in the public safety field from Public Safety Officer, to Police Sergeant, to Parking Control Coordinator, to Support Services Manager, to Director of the North Carolina Center for Community Policing, to Police Chief. Herring led the development of three certified US Department of Homeland Security Courses: Mgt. 405 Mobilizing Faith-Based Communities in Preparing for Disaster; Mgt. 401 Planning & Intervention for Gangs, Hate & Terrorist Groups in Rural Jails and Prisons; and Mgt. 406 Community Threat Group Identification and Assessment for Rural Law Enforcement Officers. Herring serves as an instructor for Mgt. 405 and Mgt. 406.
For more than 27 years, M. Chris has taught at the college level in the disciplines of homeland security, fire services management, criminal justice, public administration and sociology. He has served as an independent consultant, providing training to numerous communities and law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. He earned a B.A. Degree in Political Science and holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration, Sociology, Human Services, and Divinity. Herring completed requirements for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Apex School of Theology in December 2014. His research project focused on engaging the Church to strengthen the relationship between Black men and Police. He is the author of Destiny Denied: A Black Mans Prevention and Survival Guide to Police Encounters (2011). Herring has served as a media subject matter expert on topics related to terrorism and Black male police relations. He was invited to participate as a panelist on the UNC Public TV program Black Issues Forum: Policing the Black Community.
Herring has traveled to Africa on three occasions. He coordinates community development ministries that provide primary/secondary education tuition assistance and support to orphans. He has consulted with Kenya and Uganda top ranking national police.
M. Chris Herring was licensed as a minister of the gospel of Jesus the Christ in 2005, and ordained by the N. C. Rowan Baptist Association in 2007. Reverend Herring was elevated to Elder at Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church & Ministries in 2010 and installed as an Associate Pastor in 2012. He now serves as the Pastor of International Ministries at the Cup of Salvation Deliverance Church in Durham, NC. He is the Executive V.P. of Outstretched Hands CDC, Inc.