Claude Arnold retired as the Special Agent in Charge for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, Los Angeles, California office. Mr. Arnold was responsible for all aspects of the ICE investigative mission in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and Southern Nevada including Las Vegas. Prior to that assignment, he served as the SAC of HSI, St. Paul, Minnesota which includes the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Mr. Arnold previously served as the Chief of the Human Rights Violators and Public Safety Unit at ICE Headquarters in Washington, DC where he had national oversight of ICE investigations of human rights violators and transnational gangs. He was awarded the Secretary’s Team Award for Excellence in 2006 for developing and deploying ICE’s national gang initiative, Operation Community Shield.
Mr. Arnold also previously served as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) in Chicago, Illinois. In that capacity, Mr. Arnold supervised the Criminal Alien, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Benefit Fraud, Human Rights Violators, Critical Infrastructure and Compliance Enforcement groups.
Before his assignment as an ASAC in Chicago, Mr. Arnold was a Supervisory Special Agent in Denver, Colorado where he supervised the Major Crimes, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and National Security groups.
Mr. Arnold began his federal career in 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona. As a Special Agent, he was assigned to the Law Enforcement Support Center, Fraud, Worksite Enforcement and Violent Gang Task Force groups. In 1999, Mr. Arnold received an individual Commissioner’s Award for Interior Enforcement recognizing his accomplishments in gang enforcement.
Mr. Arnold has an undergraduate degree in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.