Michigan State Police (MSP) Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue is pleased to announce the promotion of Capt. Richard Arnold to lieutenant colonel and commander of the State Services Bureau (SSB). Arnold replaces Lt. Col. Daniel Atkinson who has retired.
In his new position, Arnold will serve as one of the department’s four deputy directors and as a member of the department’s Executive Council. As commander of the SSB, Arnold is responsible for managing the Biometrics and Identification Division, Forensic Science Division, Office of Highway Safety Planning, Training Division and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.
Prior to his promotion, Arnold served as captain and commander of the Third District that covers Arenac, Bay, Genesee, Gladwin, Huron, Iosco, Lapeer, Midland, Ogemaw, Saginaw, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. He has also served as senior assistant executive deputy director of the Field Services Bureau at MSP Headquarters in Lansing and as Seventh District assistant commander, where he was responsible for assisting in the delivery of uniformed MSP services to 19 counties in Northern Lower Michigan. Uniformed services include traffic patrols, criminal investigations, emergency services and staffing for task forces and special investigative units.
Arnold enlisted with the department in 1994, graduating as a member of the 110th Trooper Recruit School. Arnold has served in positions at the Bridgeport, Bay City, Flint and Detroit posts. He has held the ranks of trooper, sergeant, lieutenant, first lieutenant, inspector and captain.
Arnold received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1994. He is also a graduate of the 238th Session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and the Fourth School of Staff and Command at Michigan State University.