President Arnold with the Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings- Blake.


Don Arnold




  • John Hopkins University, Carey Business School Alumni.
  • Professional Security Consultant.
  • Licensed Private investigator since 1997.
  • Former Director of Public Safety for Southeast Community Organization in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • NRA Certified Instructor in multiple disciplines.
  • American Heart Association, CPR/AED Basic Life Support and First Aid Instructor, Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital Training Center.
  • Combat veteran, with over ten years of military service in the U.S. Army and Maryland Army National Guard 20th Special Forces Group, Airborne. 

           Don has devoted much of his time to public safety issues throughout Southeast Baltimore, and has collaborated with numerous non profits and government agencies. Overall, he has been involved in grassroots organizing and doing volunteer work for over thirty years. As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He has been involved ever since in veteran’s rights, civil rights, environmental issues, and is most passionate about neighborhood concerns.

            He spent four years as the co-coordinator of the Baltimore-Highland/ Highlandtown Hot Spot Neighborhood Safety Team. He was instrumental in organizing five years of successful “National Night Out Against Crime” events. He assisted Centro de la Comunidad in preparing a U.S. Department of Justice “Weed and Seed” application, and volunteered his time on the Broadway Corridor Project Steering Committee for public safety. He coordinated the Highlandtown Citizens on Patrol for several years.

            Don served as President of the Highlandtown Community Association for 16 years. He collaborated with the Highlandtown Merchants Association, and Southeast Community Development Corporation promoting Highlandtown Main Street, and the Highlandtown Arts and Entertainment District. He was co-coordinator of the Highlandtown Wine Festival and Homemade Wine Competition. In 2008. This event drew over 1000 people, and generated thousands of dollars for the community association neighborhood block projects. Security for this, and many Patterson Park events, has been provided by Battaglia Security.  He has recruited not only volunteers for multiple projects, but has also obtained resources and materials to get the projects done. These community mobilization projects included beautification and public safety enhancements for both residential and public space.

In addition, he serves or has served, on numerous other community committees and boards. Among them are WMAR Television Community Advisory Board, Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Health Action Project (CHAP), Patterson Park Community Development Corporation, South East Community Organization, The Boy Scouts of America Broad Creek Field Sports Program, The Highlandtown Community Association, and Treasurer of the First District Human Service Advisory Board. He has been with the advisory board through five mayoral administrations and four name changes. As a founding member and former first chair of the Presidents Council of Southeast Baltimore, he focused on making the City of Baltimore a safer place to live, work, and play through multi-neighborhood collaborations. 


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