Burgess is a former flight attendant and still remains close to the friends she made as co-workers. She is very good at her job as a patrol officer and has proved to be a good candidate for Intelligence
She has a good partnership with her partner, Atwater. Both are constant targets of Desk Sergeant Platt's attitude. However, they are generally able to laugh it off after shift.
Burgess has a good heart. When a woman is caught shoplifting bread to feed her son, Burgess pays for it and threatens the unyielding shopkeeper with fines for expired licenses. In a separate incident with a hoarder, Burgess discovers a kidnapped child hidden in the woman's basement.
Kim and Officer Adam Ruzek have a close working friendship, frequently spending time bantering at work. Adam even helps her get revenge on Platt, a Desk Sergeant who treats Burgess and Atwater horribly. After a particularily stressful call, Adam and Kim share a kiss. Kim regrets this almost instantly as Adam is engaged. However at the end of the first season she is seen sleeping with Adam.
Ruzek surprises Burgess when he proposes in the locker room, to which she says yes and share a passionate kiss. As time goes by Kim realizes that Ruzek has commitment issues, calling off the engagement. After the engagement is called off the pair are both in pain, they both suffer from the break-up. But it is clear they still love each other
In season 3, she starts to develop feelings for her partner Sean Roman. Ruzek is clearly jealous of their relationship and often argues with Roman. Roman and Kim eventually start dating until he is shot while on duty. Kim is accused of shooting the wrong person, as the kid she shot claims he had nothing to do with Roman's shooting. The gun is missing thus making it hard to prove. This episode of Chicago P.D. serves as a back door pilot for Chicago Justice. Kim and Roman are questioned intensively and Ruzek is very upset and jealous about their relationship even though he tries to show her that he supports her.
When Roman recovers, he can no longer be a police officer and is transferred to a desk job. Refusing to work behind a desk, he asks Kim to move to San Diego with him. He soon realises Kim belongs in the force and takes it back. He leaves and the two are no longer dating.
In season four, after Roman's departure, Burgess is partnered with Julie Tay. Tay was a good cop who was being bullied by a commander who she refused to kiss one night in a bar. After Tay left, Burgess was partnered with Sorsenson not for too long since during the investigation of the murder of two cops he turned in his badge saying he did not want to die. With the departure of Antonio Dawson from the Intelligence Unit, Voight offered Burgess Antonio's spot, which she took without any hesitation.
Ruzek returns later on and was clearly only doing the undercover mission to avoid seeing Kim, something which bothered her as she brought the topic up with Voight a few times. In the episode Ruzek returns in, the pair share a kiss but it is unknown if the pair get back together.
In Little Bit of Light, Kim tells Ruzek that her sister Nicole is coming to see her and tries to organize her and his desk to impress her. She quickly tells him that Nicole hates him and leaves it at that. Nicole later comes by and meets Kim and Adam. Ruzek tries to introduce himself and she says she knows about them, because their "engagement photo was on my fridge for 8 months". Erin and Jay watch in surprise and Ruzek doesn't know what to say and it's clear Nicole isn't happy with them getting back together. When they get home, Kim sees all of Nicole and her daughter's stuff in boxes. Nicole tells Kim that she and her husband are getting a divorce and will be staying in Chicago for a bit. Kim tries to help her settle in and sends her out on a 'fun' night while she spends time with her niece.
In Last Minute Resistance, after encouraging her sister to spend a night out with friends, Burgess wakes to find that Nicole never made it home. After taking her niece to school, Kim and Adam discuss whether "she got lucky", but a terrified Nicole calls needing help, before the call cuts out. The team realize something is wrong and start a search for her. Kim and Adam then investigate the locations her phone signal has left behind and going into a nearby underground train station. They find her lying alone on a bench, telling them she has been raped. Adam calls for a ambulance, when they see that she it losing a lot of blood. They also find out her friend Denise dead, she had been drugged, escaped from a car but had a bad reaction to the drugs and froze to death.
Later on Kim and Erin go undercover in a nightclub, to get evidence against the two men they believe had a part in her sisters attack. They go back to then men's apartment. Kim takes a drink (Kamikaze), which is laced with Ketamine just like her sisters. And goes into a bedroom with one of the men, which he locks her into, she says she doesn't want to have "fun" with him but he persists anyway. She then gets out a knife disguised as a lip stick and stabs him in the shoulder, and goes on to beat him. The team watching from a feed from a camera on her bag race in and arrest the men. Erin telling the team Kim needs to go to the hospital to get her stomach pumped. At the hospital, Kim goes to see Nicole in a hospital gown to tell her they got the men and that she will help her through it. Zoe then comes to visit. At the end of the episode, Kim talks to Voight telling him her big sister needs help and needs time off.
From the beginning of the season, Kim starts dating a Federal Prosecutor, Matt Miller, but the romance is cut short after a case comes between them.
Near the beginning of the season, Kim starts dating Blair Willams who was working with Kelton. Her relationship seems to be going good until he has to leave. As Kim decides to break up with him in What Could Have Been, Blair is found fatally shot and succumbs to his injuries with Kim at his side.
In No Regrets, Kim is found out to be pregnant, with Adam fathering it from an off-screen intimate moment after the Infection crossover. After struggling with her decisions while on-duty, she decides to reveal this to the rest of her unit in 43rd and Normal, with Kevin, Platt, and especially Voight taking the news well.
In I Was Here, a sex trafficking ring comes to the radar of the Intelligence Unit. While responding to a call, Burgess goes in a hotel room to save a victim. She gets into a fight with the suspect and the fight ended with her shooting the suspect. After the hotel scene, Burgess is seen in the hospital where the doctors are telling her that she had a miscarriage; she goes into a reclusive state that last for two weeks before she returns to duty.
Notes and Trivia
- Like most officers, Kim carries a Glock 17.
- Burgess is one of the two female members of intelligence not to have met Platt before becoming a cop, the other being Vanessa Rojas; Erin Lindsay met her when Voight took her in, and Hailey Upton met her as a young girl after a robbery at her father’s restaurant.
- On-screen, Kim has served 4 years as a patrol officer.
- She is fluent in Spanish (Night In Chicago).
- Her badge number is 59686
- Her Radio code is 5021 Eddie
- She has so far driven three cars on-duty; a Ford Police Interceptor Utility, and daws Fusion Titanium, and Dawson's Ford Police Interceptor.
- Privately, she has been shown driving a 2018 Toyota Camry SE and a 2017 Toyota Corolla L.
|Season 5 Appearances|
|"Reform"||"The Thing About Heroes"||"Promise"||"Snitch"||"Home"|
|"Fallen"||"Care Under Fire"||"Politics"||"Monster"||"Rabbit Hole"|