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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 located in
Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1985, he earned his Bachelor of
Science Degree with military honors.

Following graduation, his duties included, security police shift
commander, protective security detail chief, air base ground
defense flight leader, officer-in-charge base law enforcement, and
security police squadron operations officer. Notable duty stations
included, Andrews AFB/Maryland, Kirtland AFB/New Mexico, Howard
AFB/Republic of Panama, and Norton AFB/California. He served a
total of nine years with the Air Force.

In 1990, Captain Setzer published the article "Police Practices:
Bomb Dog Teams" in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin which detailed
the capabilities and availability of military working dog
explosives detector teams to support civilian law enforcement
agencies. Following his active duty service commitment, he
graduated from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training
Academy in Sitka, Alaska, in 1991. As a peace officer, he served
the community of Soldotna, Alaska and surrounding unincorporated
rural communities on the Kenai Peninsula. In 1994, he joined the
Los Angeles Police Department.

Since joining the Department, Captain Setzer has worked patrol
assignments in all four bureaus and several specialized units to
include narcotics, traffic, and gangs. His prior instructor
certifications included Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and
In-Service Arrest and Control Instructor. In 2001, he completed his
Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management at Azusa Pacific
University in 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
violent crime task force, gang investigations, property crime task
force, knock-knock burglary task force, and detective operations.
Prior to his promotion in June of 2016, Captain Setzer served as
the officer-in-charge of the Cold Case Homicide Section of The
Robbery-Homicide Division.

During his career, he has attended several Department leadership
and management courses. Notable among these were his completion of
the West Point Leadership Program, Sherman Block Supervisory
Leadership Institute (Class #195), POST Management Course, and the
2014 Command Officers Development Course.

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)

Captain Setzer served as the Mission Area, Patrol Commanding
Officer from June to December of 2016. Currently, he is assigned as
the Van Nuys Area, Patrol Commanding Officer.


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