Detective Kevin Atwater is a police officer for the Chicago Police Department. He is partnered with Officer Kim Burgess on numerous occasions. Since Season 2, he works with the Intelligence Unit. He is portrayed by LaRoyce Hawkins.
Kevin mentions his father and several relatives of his were in prison and that scared him into staying out of trouble.
For a majority of his life, Atwater has been the legal guardian to his younger siblings, Vinessa and Jordan. However, after events in Snitch and Home involving the two, he decides to let them move to Texas to live with their aunt ensure their safety. He still keeps in contact with them and misses them dearly.
Atwater takes pride in his job as a patrol officer. Usually, he is the driver of a squad car in a partnership arrangement. He has been undercover with Olinsky once, and is seen to be very good at it.
Both Atwater and Burgess are constant targets of Desk Sergeant Platt's attitude. However, they are generally able to laugh it off after shift.
When Platt assigns Atwater and Burgess a new squad car, the car is not to be damaged. However, during an ill-fated arrest of a psychotic suspect, the mirror of the car is knocked off. Atwater uses an old connection from his neighborhood to fix the mirror, but it ends up having construction debris fall onto the hood soon after, much to his and Burgess' chagrin.
In The Docks, he is promoted to Hank Voight's Intelligence unit.
During Prison Ball, Kevin, Ruzek, and Dawson go undercover to infiltrate a prison after a ten year old girl is killed. Kevin took this case to heart because his sister was the same age as her. Kevin is able to get close to the person who arranged the hit but is forced to fight him after other prisoners identified him as a cop (due to one perp recognizing him). Fortunately Kevin survives and defeats the three men. He nearly kills him but Dawson stops it but Kevin takes pleasure in knowing that he caught the man with a full confession. At the precinct he gives comfort to the mother of the girl by telling her that they got the man responsible.
During There's My Girl, Kevin is briefly demoted back to patrol for the death of an inmate on his watch.
In Born Into Bad News, he pays it no mind after he is cleared of the inmates death. After he helps in saving Lindsay, Kevin is given back his job intelligence by Hank again. He is pleased by this, sharing a good moment with Trudy about this.
He is offered the position of being the best man for Adam and Kim’s wedding.
In Climbing Into Bed, Kevin brutally interrogate some man on answers due to the fact that a criminal has already gotten away with killing four people. After getting him to comply, Kevin gives the answers to his Sergeant and they go after the man.
Kevin is promoted to Detective in Rabbit Hole.
He reunited with his brother Jordan in Mercy and their standing became turbulent, when Jordan was involved with a girl who committed a crime.
During 43rd and Normal , Kevin attempts to mend the fences with his brother but the latter rejects him, even punching him out of frustration. At the end, Kevin once more approaches his brother in this time Jordan allows it.
At some point between Assets and Familia, he was promoted to detective in.
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Kevin used a Glock 17 as his sidearm from Seasons 1-5. In Season 6, he switches this out for a Springfield Champion Lightweight.
- During Season 4, Kevin started using a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat as a police car. As a patrol officer, he has previously driven a Ford Crown Victoria and Chevrolet Impala, and uses both occasionally as unmarked vehicles on sting operations.
- Before the Hellcat, he has used Dawson's Dodge Ram 1500 following his departure from Intelligence, wrecking it only once.
- One of Atwater's Radio Codes is 5021 David.
- This may suggest that he shares radio codes with Officer Adam Ruzek because he has also used the radio code 5021 David.
- He mentions in Chicken, Dynamite, Chainsaw, his father, uncle, and several relatives are in jail.
|Season 5 Appearances|
|"Reform"||"The Thing About Heroes"||"Promise"||"Snitch"||"Home"|
|"Fallen"||"Care Under Fire"||"Politics"||"Monster"||"Rabbit Hole"|