|President of the Police of Slovakia|
15 May 2012 –31 May 2018
|Preceded by||Jaroslav Spišiak|
|Succeeded by||Milan Lučanský|
|Born||23 April 1962|
|Alma mater||Comenius University, graduated 1987|
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Gašpar was born in Kežmarok, then Czechoslovakia. He attended Comenius University (Slovak: Univerzita Komenského) from 1982 until he graduated in 1987.
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