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Dr. Larry F. Jetmore

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Dr. Larry F. Jetmore was a retired captain of the Hartford (Conn.) Police Department. He authored five books in the field of criminal justice, including The Path of the Warrior. A former police academy and SWAT team commander, he earned his Ph.D. at Union University in Ohio, plus master’s, bachelors and associate degrees in Connecticut. Jetmore directed the criminal justice program at Middlesex College in Middletown, Conn., and was a full-time faculty member. He was also Director of the National Police Testing Services, which creates and administers police examinations.

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