Cincinnati Police Officer Louis Arnold, Sr. is a lifelong Cincinnati resident. Arnold has been married to his wife, Crystal, for 44 years; he has three children (Louis II, Gibran and Isaiah) a five grandchildren (ages 6 months, 11, 16, 20 and 24). For the last 30 years, Arnold and his family have lived in Kennedy Heights.
Arnold has been a police officer for over ten years, presently assigned to the Community Relations Unit as the Faith Based Community Liaison Officer. In this role, Arnold works to develop Faith and Community Alliances throughout the city and build partnerships with leaders in the Faith Community, citizens and community groups. The Faith and Community Alliance assists with meeting the needs of the community where they are located, Arnold said. The “God Squad” is made up of Clergy of all faiths that partner with Cincinnati Police at city and community events, as a moral voice at these events.
In addition to working with CPD, Arnold has worked with the Boys Scouts of America as a recruiter, particularly reaching out to young African American men. Arnold has also coached — as a volunteer — for the Deer Park Cobras and the Winton Hills Falcons for many years. Today, Arnold volunteers as a track coach at Woodward High School.
The Arnolds were foster parents for more than ten years. They worked to positively affect the lives of the young men placed in our home, with some successes and some disappointments. Arnold said, “we live every day to give back to our communities and city through the many opportunities we are given.”
Arnold was awarded the Rousseau O’Neal Faith Leadership Award from Avondale Faith and Community Alliance; a Community Service Award from Pentecost Celebration and Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic Church; and he is a Certified Ohio Peace Officer Training Course Instructor. Arnold is also a member of the Fatherhood Collaborative of Hamilton County; The National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice; a member of City Servants of Cincinnati; Mosaix Cincinnati (Unify Cinti); President of Sentinel Police Association; and member of the Board of Directors for Coalition of Care. He is also an ordained minister, Bible teacher and presides on the Elder Council at Mariemont Community Church.
“Changing lives and assisting with turning boys into quality men is my greatest desire and mission,” Arnold said.