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James Setzer, Captain III

James Setzer

Captain III
Critical Incident Review 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: Protective Security Detail Chief (Special Air
Mission Aircraft), Emergency Services Team Leader, Peacekeeper
Challenge Team Captain '87 & '88, Installation Law Enforcement
Officer-in-Charge, and 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, 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 his
Alaska Police Standards Council Basic Police Officer Certification.
Additional certifications included: Field Training Officer, 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.

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
Commanding Officer. Prior to his promotion to Captain 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 prior military service and current police career, he has
completed several law enforcement, leadership, and management
courses. Notable among these were his completion of the USAFA
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) School, Prince
Georges County Maryland Police Emergency Services Team Course, Army
Counter Terrorism Course, Army/USAF Airbase Ground Defense Flight
Leader Course, USAF Squadron Officer School (Class #89F), Reid and
Associates, Interview and Interrogation Course, FLETC Child Abuse
and Exploitation Investigations, LAPD West Point Leadership
Program, Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (Class
#195), POST Management Course, and the LAPD 2014 Command Officer
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,
Project K-9 Hero, and the Save the Montagnard People (STMP)
Association.

Captain Setzer's prior commands included West Valley Detective
Division, Mission Patrol Division, Van Nuys Patrol Division, and
Pacific Area Commanding Officer.

In December 2019, Captain Setzer was selected as the Commanding
Officer, Critical Incident Review Division.



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