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Here are a list of characters appearing in NYPD Emergency Services Unit.

Inspector Charles Thomas “Charlie” Smith, A.A., NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

Main article: Charlie Smith (NYPD ESU)

Kira Matsumoto, B.A., NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

Charlie Smith’s personal assistant/Girl Friday, Kira Matsumoto is his right-hand woman, without whom he would never get anything done.  She keeps his schedule, takes his phone calls, answers his e-mails, and manages his paperwork.

A lifelong New Yorker raised in Long Island City, Queens, Kira is a beautiful Japanese-American woman in her mid-20s.  She is an expert networker, having many friends, acquaintances, and ex-lovers all around the New York metropolitan area and beyond.

As a civilian employee of the NYPD, Kira is not authorized by the department to carry a weapon, although she does have a Concealed Weapons Permit.  She is the owner of a registered Glock 26 in 9×19mm handgun.  She drives a red Pontiac Firebird convertible. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Queens College, and a black belt in taekwondo.  In addition to English, Kira reads, writes, and speaks fluent Japanese, and has an elementary proficiency in both Chinese and Korean.

Captain Joseph William “Joe” Black, M.P.A., NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

Charlie Smith’s second-in-command, Joe Black is a typical executive officer: he runs the day-to-day office of the Emergency Services Unit.  A politician from a family of politicians, his father was the United States Senator from New York who died at his post, while his older brother is currently a member of the Albany County Legislature.  He plays golf with some of the NYPD brass, attends black-tie events thrown by the city’s rich and powerful, and maintains a good relationship with the rank and file by playing on the department’s bowling team.

With a Master’s in Public Administration in Policy and Administration, Joe was recruited to 1 Police Plaza after his initial tour of duty as a patrol officer was completed.  He spent some time with the Detective Bureau as a Detective 3rd Grade before taking and passing the Sergeant’s exam.  He spent three years as a patrol supervisor at the Central Park precinct; when his lieutenant was promoted to Captain and assigned to the 125th Precinct in Staten Island, he took Joe with him and made him his executive officer (which came with a promotion to Lieutenant).

After he and his 13-year-old daughter were mugged at gunpoint while he was off-duty, Joe elected to take some of the ESU-run self-defense courses, which gave him an introduction to the unit he would become a ranking officer in.  It was through these classes that he met Charlie Smith; after Charlie was named ESU Commander, he selected Joe to be his executive officer due to his vast administrative expertise.

As a senior officer with the NYPD, Joe drives a Dodge Charger as his duty vehicle and carries a Glock 19 in 9×19mm as his duty weapon.  He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Meritorious Police Duty, and three NYPD Excellent Police Duty awards, and, as of 2015, wears three blue has marks on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 15 years of service).  He is married, with three children.

Detective 2nd Grade Tariq Khan, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

A second-generation American, Tariq Khan’s grandparents emigrated from the Middle East through Ellis Island after World War II, shortly before the birth of his father.  His mother was an Englishwoman who was studying abroad and never left after falling for his father.

Tariq graduated from the Police Academy in 2000 at the age of 23, and he became an average patrol officer…until that fateful Tuesday morning when the whole world changed.  Suddenly, Tariq was a victim of prejudice, racism, and intolerance just because of his ancestry.  He was hazed by his fellow patrolmen and shunned by his superiors; it got so bad that he considered both resigning from the force as well as more permanent solutions.  Fortunately, an opportunity arose that ultimately saved his life: the newly-formed Intelligence Division wanted him to go undercover at mosques and other Muslim hotspots around New York City to root out terrorists. 

After the death of Osama bin Ladin in 2011, Tariq took a much-needed leave of absence from the force that lasted almost six months.  Once his leave was up, he joined the 15th Precinct’s Detective Squad.  A few years later, he transferred to the Emergency Services Unit to serve as the Intelligence Officer to the ESU Commander, Charlie Smith.

As a detective with the NYPD, Tariq drives a Dodge Charger as his duty vehicle and carries a SIG-Sauer P226R in 9×19mm as his duty weapon.  He is a recipient of the NYPD Commendation or Commendation—Integrity, NYPD Excellent Police Duty, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears three blue has marks on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 15 years of service).

Detective 3rd Grade Malcolm Kendrick, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

One of the youngest members of ESU Commander Charlie Smith’s staff, 25-year-old Detective-Specialist 3rd Grade Malcolm Kendrick is the unit’s IT technician/hacker.  The joke about “how when somebody has a computer problem, they call IT and when IT has a problem, they call their 14-year-old nephew” was written about Malcolm.  He honed his computer skills from a young age, and by the time he was a teenager, he was regularly breaking into secure and classified networks for the challenge.  He was ultimately caught shortly after completing his freshman year of high school, and sent to juvenile hall for six months.

On his 21st birthday, Malcolm’s criminal record was expunged and he was headhunted by Insp. John Grayson, the FBI agent who arrested him when he was 15, now the head of the NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit.  He was later poached by ESU to run their IT section.

As a detective with the NYPD, Malcolm carries a Glock 19 in 9×19mm as his duty weapon, although he continues to struggle on the gun range at his annual qualifications.

David Turner, EA, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

A semi-retired tax professional, David Turner worked for 25 years in the tax business, starting out as a Certified Public Accountant before rising up to the rank of Enrolled Agent.  He closed his practice a few years ago when his wife got sick, and spent the next year caring for her.  After she passed, David found himself somewhat aimless.  He eventually found his way to the NYPD and was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit as the Chief Financial Officer/Comptroller.  In this position, David is responsible for the finances of the unit.

As a civilian employee of the NYPD, David is not authorized by the department to carry a weapon.

Captain Michael “Mike” Hunter, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

A veteran officer with over 20 years on the ESU SWAT Team, Capt. Mike Hunter is unofficially known as the department’s trigger-man – he has a body count worthy of an action movie.  After his 21st (!) officer-involved-shooting, he was given a choice: retirement or promotion.

Now in charge of the ESU’s fledgling “jack-of-all-trades” team (the Jack Squad), Capt. Hunter supervises an eclectic team that includes a close quarters combat expert, Officer Eric Brewer, a bomb tech, Officer Doug Harper, a computer specialist, Officer Phil Stiles, a paramedic, Officer Marissa Meade, and his 2nd-in-command, Sergeant José Alvarez, who came from HRT.  Due to his squad’s success, ESU Commander Charlie Smith has established more Jack Squads throughout the city.  He frequently clashes with Capt. Black, ESU’s executive officer whom he considers a desk jockey and who considers him a loose cannon, and Lt. Sheppard, the Legal Bureau’s attaché to ESU.

As a senior officer with the NYPD, Mike drives a Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle as his duty vehicle and, like most members of ESU, carries a Kimber Custom TLE II in .45 ACP with a Surefire 310R weaponlight as his duty weapon.  A trained expert marksman, he is intimately familiar with a variety of rifles, shotguns, and other long-distance weaponry.  He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, World Trade Center Bar, NYPD Purple Shield (which he received after being wounded in the line of duty), NYPD Honorable Mention, NYPD Commendation or Commendation–Integrity, NYPD Meritorious Police Duty, NYPD Excellent Police Duty, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears five blue hash marks on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 25 years of service).  Mike is divorced and estranged from his children.

Sergeant José Alvarez, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

The second-in-command of the ESU Jack Squad under the command of Capt. Mike Hunter, Sergeant José Alvarez transferred from the Hostage Negotiation & Rescue Team. Before being assigned to HRT, José worked undercover as a Detective in Narcotics Borough Bronx.

As the Jack Squad’s lead negotiator, José is instrumental in the successful and peaceful resolutions to ESU calls; without him, the team would not be nearly as successful as it is.

As a sergeant with the NYPD, José drives a Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle as his duty vehicle and, like most members of ESU, carries a Kimber Custom TLE II in .45 ACP with a Surefire 310R weaponlight as his duty weapon – which he is proud to say that in his fifteen-plus years on the job, he has not had to fire outside of the range.  He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, World Trade Center Bar, NYPD Meritorious Police Duty, NYPD Excellent Police Duty, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears three blue hash marks on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 15 years of service). He is trilingual, besides English and Spanish, José speaks some Portuguese.

Officer Eric Brewer, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

A close quarter’s combat specialist, Officer Eric Brewer is one of the NYPD’s greatest martial artists.  In his life, he has studied a multitude of martial arts, including but not limited to karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, krav maga, and jiu-jitsu.  He is also an expert in parkour. When ESU Commander Charlie Smith began putting together the Jack Squad, he recruited Eric to serve as the squad’s CQC and tactical specialist.

Before joining ESU, Eric spent four years as a patrol officer and 18 months in the Firearms Investigation Unit. Other than Capt. Hunter, Eric is the only member of the Jack Squad to have used lethal force in the line of duty prior to his transfer.

As an officer with the NYPD, Eric drives a Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle as his duty vehicle and, like most members of ESU, carries a Kimber Custom TLE II in .45 ACP with a Surefire 310R weaponlight as his duty weapon. Off the clock, he’s a good-looking ladies man who had more than his share of flings with “badge bunnies”. He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Excellent Police Duty, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears one blue hash mark on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 5 years of service).

Officer Douglas “Doug” Harper, B.Sc., NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

An explosives ordnance disposal specialist attached to the ESU Jack Squad under the command of Capt. Mike Hunter, Officer Doug Harper brings four years of patrol and four years of Bomb Squad experience to the team.

As an officer with the NYPD, Doug drives a Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle as his duty vehicle and, like most members of ESU, carries a Kimber Custom TLE II in .45 ACP with a Surefire 310R weaponlight as his duty weapon. He graduated summa cum laude from City College of New York with a degree in chemistry. He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears one blue hash mark on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 5 years of service).

Officer Phillip “Phil” Stiles, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

Recruited from the ranks of the Technical Assistance Response Unit, Officer Phil Stiles serves as the communications and electronics specialist of the ESU Jack Squad under the command of Capt. Mike Hunter. Since more and more crimes are being committed in the digital world alongside or instead of the physical, ESU Commander Charlie Smith felt the team would benefit from having a skilled computer specialist amongst its ranks.

Although Phil and Capt. Hunter don’t always see eye-to-eye, the two share a mutual respect (and a little bit of fear on Phil’s part) for one another.

As an officer with the NYPD, Phil drives a Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle as his duty vehicle and, like most members of ESU, carries a Kimber Custom TLE II in .45 ACP with a Surefire 310R weaponlight as his duty weapon. He is the only officer on the Jack Squad to be currently married (Capt. Hunter is divorced). He is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Excellent Police Duty, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears one blue hash marks on his uniform sleeve (indicative of 5 years of service).

Officer Marissa Meade, EMT, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

The sole female member of the ESU Jack Squad under the command of Capt. Mike Hunter, Officer Marissa Meade serves as the team’s medic.  A trained paramedic, she made a lateral transfer from the FDNY to the NYPD, and was assigned to ESU’s Emergency Medical Team.  When ESU Commander Charlie Smith began putting together the Jack Squad, he tapped Marissa for the squad’s medical professional. Since joining the team, she has also served as Sgt. Alvarez’s shadow in order to learn about hostage negotiation and rescue.

Although her passion is saving lives and healing injuries, Marissa is certainly no slouch when it comes to actual police work – specifically ESU work.  She can hold her own on the streets and in the bar with her fellow police officers.

Off-duty, Marissa is currently enrolled in nursing school, and plans to one day complete med school and become a full-fledged doctor.

As an officer with the NYPD, Marissa drives a Ford Explorer Special Service Vehicle as her duty vehicle, and, in order to accommodate her smaller hands, carries a Glock 30 in .45 ACP, rather than the ESU standard-issue Kimber Custom TLE II, as her duty weapon. Due to her busy personal and professional schedules, Marissa has no long-term romantic entanglements. She is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, Emergency Medical Technician award, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar.

Lieutenant Kerry Sheppard, J.D., NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

A member of the NYPD Legal Bureau, Lt. Kerry Sheppard has been attached to the Emergency Services Unit to serve as a legal expert for ESU Commander Charlie Smith.  It is her job to make sure that the officers of the ESU conduct their operations on the legal up-and-up.  Although she has a reputation for playing by the rules, Kerry is a cop first and foremost and will do everything in her power to make sure that good cops get treated fairly and bad cops get tossed off the force so fast they bounce.  Prior to working with ESU, Kerry was attached to a White Collar Crime Unit.

Since the formation of the Jack Squad under Capt. Hunter, Kerry has been more-or-less detached specifically to that team, although she still does legal work for the entire unit.

Kerry graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Law and Society and from New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.  She is a member of the New York State Bar Association in good standing, and is a volunteer at the New York City office of Legal Aide.  She is married, with a daughter in elementary school. As an officer with the NYPD, she carries a standard-issue SIG-Sauer P226R in 9×19mm as her duty weapon. She is a recipient of the US Flag Bar, NYPD Meritorious Police Duty, NYPD Excellent Police Duty, NYPD Unit Citation Bar, and NYPD Firearms Proficiency Bar, and, as of 2015, wears two blue hash marks on her uniform sleeve (indicative of 10 years of service).

Chaplain (Pr.) Brett Jenson, NYPD Emergency Services Unit Edit

A nondenominational Christian minister originally from South Dakota, Pastor Brett Jenson has been seconded to the ESU from the Chaplains Corps at the request of ESU Commander Charlie Smith, who wanted a spiritual advisor on his staff for both personal and professional reasons.

Although he wears the rank and shield of an NYPD Inspector, Pr. Brett has no official police powers.  In addition, he is a longtime martial artist, currently holding the rank of 3rd degree black belt.  He is a family man; he and his wife have two grown children.

Commissioner Francis Xavier “Frank” Reagan, M.A., NYPD Edit

Main article: Frank Reagan (NYPD's Finest)

Commissioner Henry Reagan, NYPD (Ret.) Edit

Retired Commissioner of the New York City Police Department

Deputy Commissioner Garrett Moore, NYPD Edit

Frank Reagan’s Deputy Commissioner for Public Information and de facto Chief of Staff

Chief of Department Dino Arbogast, NYPD (fired, 2014) Edit

Formerly the Chief of the NYPD Organized Crime Control Bureau, Dino Arbogast was promoted to Chief of Department in 2013 by Commissioner Frank Reagan after the retirement of Chief Ed Hines in 2013.  He was fired a year later after a video of him getting serviced by a call girl surfaced.

Lieutenant Sidney “Sid” Gormley, NYPD Edit

The former Supervisor of the NYPD 54th Precinct’s Detective Squad, Lt. Sidney Gormley was transferred to the Office of the Commissioner to serve as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner.  This made him essentially Comm. Reagan’s Chief of Department, as it is his job to liaise between the Commissioner and the rank and file officers.

Detective 1st Grade Abigail Baker, NYPD Edit

The primary aide to Comm. Frank Reagan, Det. Abigail Baker is attached to the PC’s (Detective) Squad.

Assistant Chief Michael Vaughan, NYPD Special Operations Division Edit

Commanding Officer of the NYPD Special Operations Division, Assistant Chief Michael Vaughan is the immediate superior to Inspector Charlie Smith, the head of the Emergency Services Unit.  A member of the NYPD since the 1980s, Asst. Chf. Vaughan has served at numerous positions all over the city.

Inspector John Grayson, NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit Edit

Commanding Officer of the NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit, Insp. John Grayson spent the majority of his law enforcement career with the FBI’s Cybercrimes Division. He was hired away from the Bureau to take over as Commander of TARU by Commissioner Reagan.

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