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James Setzer, Captain III

James Setzer

Captain III
Pacific Division

email Captain James L. Setzer was
born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1981, he accepted
an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado
Springs, Colorado. In 1985, he earned his Bachelor of Science
Degree with military honors. Following graduation, he chose to
pursue a career in law enforcement. His Air Force active duty
assignments included: Security Police Shift Commander, Protective
Security Detail Chief, Emergency Services Team Leader, Air Base
Ground Defense Flight Leader, Peacekeeper Challenge Team Captain
'87 & '88, Installation Law Enforcement Officer-in-Charge, and
Security Police Squadron Operations Officer. Notable duty stations
included: Andrews AFB/Maryland, Howard AFB/Republic of Panama, and
Norton AFB/California.

In 1990, Captain Setzer published an article in the July edition of
the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin entitled "Police Practices: Bomb
Dog Teams." This article detailed the capabilities and
availability of military working dog explosives detector teams to
support civilian law enforcement agencies.

Following the completion of his active duty service commitment in
1990, he graduated from the Alaska Department of Public Safety
Training Academy, Sitka, Alaska. As an Alaskan peace officer, he
served the community of Soldotna, Alaska, and surrounding
unincorporated rural communities on the Kenai Peninsula. While
there, he earned certifications as Alaska Police Standards Council
Basic Peace Officer, Field Training Officer, Traffic Radar
Operator, and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.

In 1994, he joined the Los Angeles Police Department.

Since joining the Department, Captain Setzer has worked patrol
assignments in all four geographic bureaus. He has worked
specialized field assignments in narcotics, traffic, and gangs.
His administrative assignments have included project management for
the Office of the Chief of Police, Consent Decree Task Force,
Categorical Use of Force Review, and Area Training Coordinator.
His prior instructor certifications included Drug Recognition
Expert Instructor, In-Service Arrest and Control Instructor, and
Officer Safety/Field Tactics Instructor.

In 2001, he completed his Master of Arts Degree in Organizational
Management at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, California.

Captain Setzer promoted to Lieutenant in 2008 and served as a
patrol watch commander. Following this assignment, he was chosen
as the officer-in-charge of several specialized units which
included the OVB Violent Crime Task Force, Joint OVB/OWB
"Knock-Knock" Task Force, Topanga Gang Impact Team, and West Valley
Detective Division Commanding Officer. Prior to his promotion to
captain in 2016, he served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Cold
Case Homicide Section of The Robbery-Homicide Division.

Captain Setzer is a life member of the United States Air Force
Academy Association of Graduates (USAFA AOG) and the Veterans of
Foreign Wars (VFW). He maintains annual memberships in the
American Legion and the California Homicide Investigators
Association (CHIA). Additionally, he is an active contributor to
the veterans' support services groups of the Disabled American
Veterans (DAV) Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
Association, and Save the Montagnard People (STMP) Association.
Captain Setzer's prior commands have included West Valley Detective
Division, Mission Patrol, and Van Nuys Patrol.

In October 2017, Captain Setzer was selected as the Pacific Area,
Commanding Officer.