Bob Cummings is the Executive Vice President and a senior research associate of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR). He is currently the group leader for the Information Sharing Projects Group, which includes the Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative, the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange, the Regional Information Sharing Systems, the ISE Privacy Guidelines Implementation Support Project, the Fusion Center Technical Assistance Program and Services, the National Fusion Center Training Event, and other related projects.
Prior to joining IIR, Mr. Cummings served with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in Tallahassee, Florida. As Assistant Commissioner of FDLE from 1988 to 2002, Mr. Cummings was second in command of the diverse statewide law enforcement organization with more than 2,000 members. He was directly responsible for criminal investigations, crime laboratories, Capitol Police, and the state law enforcement communications system.
Prior to assuming his position as Assistant Commissioner, Mr. Cummings was Director of Criminal Investigations for FDLE from 1985 to 1988. In this capacity, he managed the statewide criminal investigation division, with more than 600 employees located in 22 offices throughout the state of Florida. During 1982–1985, Mr. Cummings served with FDLE as Director of Executive Investigations. His responsibilities in this position were to oversee all Governor-ordered corruption investigations, provide security for the Governor, and supervise the management review process of FDLE. His duties also included investigation direction, staffing, budgeting, and quality control. During 1981–1982, Mr. Cummings acted in the capacity of Bureau Chief of the Law Enforcement Training Academy for FDLE. He was also the Special Agent in Charge of the Tampa, Florida, FDLE office and was the special agent assigned to the Criminal Investigations Division.
Mr. Cummings began his law enforcement career in 1969 as a deputy sheriff for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department in Clearwater, Florida, where his duties included patrol enforcement.
To further enhance his law enforcement career, Mr. Cummings has served as a president of the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies; secretary-treasurer of the State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association; a member of each of the International Association of Chiefs of Police committees for Terrorism, Narcotics, and Investigations Operations; a member of the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Council; and a board member of the South Florida Money Laundering Task Force.
A graduate of Florida State University, Mr. Cummings holds a bachelor of science degree in criminology. He is a graduate of the 110th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.