About the Author
Larry Crompton was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, graduating from St. Stephen High School in 1957. He served three years in the Royal Canadian Army Reserve, Carleton and York regiment while attending school and five years active service in the Royal Canadian Navy, honorably discharging in 1962 with the rank of Leading Seaman as part of the aircrew flying anti-submarine airplanes. Immediately after leaving the navy, Mr. Crompton, his wife and their infant daughter moved to California. In 1968 they became American citizens. Mr. Crompton joined the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department in 1971. As a deputy he worked Detention, Patrol, Vice, and Narcotics Divisions and crime scene investigator for the Crime Laboratory. He was promoted to sergeant in 1978 and worked the Rapist Task Force out of the Investigation Division, drill instructor with the Los Medanos Police Academy, Patrol, Internal Affairs and coordinator of the Reserve Program. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1986 and worked as the Commander of the East County Sheriff's substation, Communications Division, Detention and the Bureau Commander of the Custody Alternative Bureau. While working for the Sheriff's Department he received his teaching credentials from U.C. Berkeley and taught criminal law at the Los Medanos Police Academy for thirteen years.