Welcome Aboard Jon Arnold

Golden West College is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Public Safety Coordinator, Jonathan Arnold. Jon, a retired Huntington Beach Police Captain, comes highly qualified and we are fortunate to have him in this important position at GWC.

Jon Arnold began his career in law enforcement when he joined the Huntington Beach Police Department as a cadet in 1970.  He was sworn in as a police officer in February 1973 and attended the Police Academy at Golden West College in Class 47. He served over 30 years with the HBPD and worked a variety of staff and field assignments from helicopter pilot to division commander. Jon was awarded both the Medal of Valor and Medal of Merit while with the HBPD and retired in 2003 as a Captain.

After retiring from the HBPD, he spent time as a consultant for a Homeland Security company before becoming the Security Manager for the Orange County Superior Court System.  After that, Jon served as the Security Operations Manager for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. He was also a part-time instructor at the GWC Criminal Justice Training Center.

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a Master of Science in Business Management. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the California POST 2-year Command College and is a Certified Protection Professional through ASIS International.

Jon has been an invited speaker for several conferences in California, Utah and Oregon on topics of leadership and personnel issues. These conferences have been with the California Police Chiefs Association, California Peace Officers’ Association, the International Public Safety Communications Officials, ASIS International and the National Community Oriented Policing Conference. Jon has authored nine articles that have been published in professional journals including Police Chief Magazine, LAW and ORDER Magazine, National Sheriff and the FBI Law Enforcement Journal.

Jon has been married for almost 30 years to his wife Becky; they have two great children and enjoy spending time with them. His hobbies are mountain biking and golf and Jon said that he is thrilled to be working here at Golden West College with so many dedicated professionals!