Deputy Director John C. Arnold, Jr., a law enforcement professional, expert and innovator, is the son of John and Joan Arnold. Born in Belleville, New Jersey, he lived in the city of Newark throughout his childhood ascending through the Newark Public School system. He is a second generation police officer who, furthering the legacy of his highly decorated father, retired Newark Police Lieutenant, John C. Arnold, Sr.
Deputy Director Arnold is a proud graduate of Science High School of Newark, New Jersey. Upon graduation from high school Deputy Director Arnold joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country with pride and honor as a United States Marine.
Deputy Director Arnold (Ret.) first entered the respected field of law enforcement in 1985 and became a police University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey in. Because of his admirable performance consistently he was assigned to UMDNJ’s TACT Unit where he was responsible for protecting the students, employees and property of the State University. He departed UMDNJ as a highly decorated officer and was awarded numerous Class A, and Class B awards for his accomplishments.
In January 1987, he was hired by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the county’s Chief Law Enforcement Office, in the capacity of an undercover detective. He was assigned to the Narcotics/Major Case Squad which was headed by his mentor Deputy Chief Kenneth E. Reed. While assigned to this squad he conducted several undercover operations, and along with the other members of this elite unit, was responsible for taking down some of Essex County’s most notorious Narcotics organizations, assisting in establishing the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office as the highest producing Prosecutor’s Office in the State, not only in Drug Busts, but successful prosecutions as well.
Deputy Director Arnold continued to work throughout the Prosecutor’s Office in various units and was transferred to the Homicide Unit in 1992. Working on cases not just in Essex County but throughout New Jersey, his diligence and “outside of the box” approach to solving homicides helped him garner and maintain a high “close out” rate on his cases. This case gained national attention, bringing Jakiyah McClain’s mother to the White House to meet with then President Bill Clinton. As a result of this tragedy and others like it, President Clinton signed new laws concerning the abduction, rape and murder of children.
Deputy Director Arnold was promoted to Lieutenant of Detectives in 1996, and made history in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office by being the first African American Lieutenant to serve in the Homicide Unit. In March 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Captain of Detectives, and made history once more by becoming the first African American Commander of the Homicide Division which oversaw the Homicide Squad, Cold Case Squad, Crime Scene Unit and Polygraph Unit. He formed the Prosecutor’s Executive Protection Unit, and has also served as Commander of the Child Abuse Unit, The VIPER Gang and Narcotic Unit, and his last command, the Adult Trial Section.
Deputy Director Arnold believes that giving the citizens of Essex a thorough and complete law enforcement experience regardless of race, creed, color, or religious belief, is the responsibility of every officer who has taken the oath of a law enforcement officer. When it comes to investigations, Deputy Director Arnold is “no respecter of persons” giving everyone the treatment they deserve whether they live on Wall Street or Broad Street. His passion for law enforcement and his police leadership skills have made him an effective crime fighting force in the community. His philosophy of “Inclusion and Empowerment” in law enforcement where even everyone from the precinct Commander to the street patrol person is “included” and “empowered” in crime reduction is another example of his innovative and radical approach to Crime Reduction.
He was most recently awarded the Glenn Cunningham Award by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) for his work with youth, and gang prevention. He is the Founder of the Enshin Foundation which is an organization equipped to deal the problems and issues facing today’s youth. Through this organization, young people can find other alternatives to joining gangs, and committing crimes. It is geared towards breaking the cycle of youth offenders and the vicious cycle which they often find themselves immersed in.
Deputy Director Arnold became an Ordained Pastor with the Church of God in Christ in September 2009 and is the Founder of the Temple of Refuge Church. He currently serves as the Pastor of WhoSoEver Will Church with Covenant Kingdom Ministries International.
Additionally, for the past 31 years he has been the owner and Chief Instructor of a successful Martial Arts Training School which has produced several international children and adult karate champions from Newark and surrounding towns who have won international titles in Japan and Germany.
Deputy Director Arnold holds a Bachelor Degree in Biblical Theology.