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Officer Adam Ruzek is a member of the CPD Intelligence Unit. He is portrayed by Patrick John Flueger.


Adam's parents divorced when he was a child. Bob Ruzek, his father, served with both Sergeant Voight and Detective Olinsky, Adam's former partner. This is most likely the reason that Adam sought to become a police officer. Growing up, Adam was very close to his father who made the time out of his busy job to spend as much time as he could with him.

When he was 18, Adam was engaged to his girlfriend Nicole but broke it off as both felt they were too young. He later attended classes at the police academy. When Intelligence needed an undercover officer, Adam was taken right out of the Academy. Since then, he has remained a member of Intelligence.

Later on, he became engaged in to a woman named Wendy. He did not reveal to her too much about what goes on at work to protect her. They were shown to have a close and playful relationship, sending racy photos of each other back and forth.

While Adam is very eager to please, he sometimes makes impulsive decisions (such as accepting a call from his fiancé during a stakeout). This creates friction between himself and Olinsky.

Adam and a patrol woman Kim Burgess had a close working friendship, frequently spending time bantering at work. He even helps Burgess get revenge on Platt, a desk Sergeant who treats Burgess and Atwater (before he became a part of Intelligence),as well as most other officers horribly. After a particularily stressful call, Adam and Kim shared a kiss. Kim regretted this almost instantly as Adam was engaged.

During a shootout with Jacob Sims, Adam is shot in the chest. The injury is not severe as his Kevlar vest deflected most of the shot.

Towards the end of Season one, he broke up with Wendy becoming involved in a secret romantic relationship with Officer Kim Burgess.

Season 2

Burgess and Ruzek's relationship grows. When she is shot, it brings it home to Ruzek how he feels about her. They admit they love each other and their relationship becomes known to colleagues so they don't need to hide it anymore.

In the finale, Ruzek proposes to Burgess in the locker room, as he wanted to keep it informal. She accepts his proposal and they share a passionate kiss.

Season 3

It was revealed that Ruzek still loves Kim and wants nothing more than to resume his relationship with her. And occasionally makes out with her

Season 4

Ruzek returns from an undercover job, hoping his job with Intelligence is still open. When he was gone, however, his spot was taken by former Narcotics detective Kenny Rixton. Ruzek then talks to Voight about his old spot in Intelligence and if he can get it back. Voight can't give Ruzek his old spot so he had to work in Uniform.

In Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will Ruzek is cleaning his locker when Rixton tells him that he was good friends with his father. He also reveals he has accepted a job offer to be the second hand of a narcotics team, to which Ruzek then returns to Intelligence.

Season 5

He doesn't get back together with Kim until Season 5, and their relationship blossoms once again in Confidential when they kiss at Molly's. It is unknown when they end it thereafter.

Season 6

In Descent, Adam partakes in the rescue of saving Antonio’s daughter. He is shocked to learn that Antonio has a painkiller addiction which resulted in the kidnapper. Adam and Voight find the kidnapper, before Antonio appears to violently beat up and pushes the criminal out of a window, instantly killing him.

From Bad Boys to Sacrifice, he dated fellow detective Hailey Upton. They both agreed they were better off as friends, it is implied that he still loves Kim Burgess.

In Reckoning, Adam is arrested for his part in trying to bring down Brian Kelton. He tells his squad that he’d rather not see them as he is being taken into custody by IAD.

Season 7

The episode Doubt shows Ruzek has been stripped of his police powers and he is awaiting trial, due to taking the fall for something Antonio did. However, in Assets, Ruzek's case was dismissed by a favor pulled by Voight, which grants Ruzek his position in Intelligence once again, whilst fortifying his loyalty to the latter.

During No Regrets, Ruzek learns that he got ex-fiancé Kim Burgess pregnant with his child. As a result of the news, he is shocked and asks her what she intends to do. After the case with a rescue missing woman who was held captive for years, Kim informs Adam that she has decided to give birth and he tells her that he will support her. However, the baby was lost in a miscarriage.

Notes and Trivia

  • Ruzek is left-handed, a trait shared with his actor, Patrick John Flueger.
  • In Season 1, Ruzek was seen using a Beretta 92G Elite, although this was for only one episode. His duty-issue sidearm up until Payback then became a Glock 17. Since then, he has switched to a SIG-Sauer 1911 Max, only temporarily switching back to the former during the OID investigation. In Season 7 post-reinstatement, he uses a Springfield XDM 9mm.
    • Uniquely, he holds his gun using the Center Axis Relock stance.
  • His knowledge of button-operated locks comes from his aunt, who is a realtor.
  • He has used numerous unmarked standard-issue police cars, including a dark blue Chevrolet Impala 9C1, a Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, and a Ford Police Interceptor Utility. For the rest of Season 5 since Payback, he used a Pontiac G8, but has switched this out in Season 6 for another Impala 9C1. In Season 7, Ruzek temporarily uses Olinsky's Dodge Magnum in a sting operation. Since the Season 8 episode Tender Care, he starts using a 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon.
  • Ruzek's badge number is 59054.
  • Ruzek has used multiple radio codes during his time in Intelligence:
  • He has been engaged three times: his school sweetheart Nicole, Wendy, and Kim Burgess.
  • He is called Ruz by Jay Halstead, Antonio Dawson, Kevin Atwater, Hailey Upton and Hank Voight.
  • Ruzek's Class A uniform displays the Unit Meritorious Performance Award, Joint Operations Award, and Special Service Award.
  • Adam was first in line to become a detective . However due to him talking to Denny Woods to get dirty on Hank Voight. Voight tells him that Kevin is next in line. It is unsure who is next in line, as Kim was talking about taking courses to become a detective. Since Kevin hasn’t talked about it often.
  • Adam has the least amount of time being a patrol officer. He was pulled directly from the police Academy and put right into intelligence.


Season 1
Stepping Stone Wrong Side of the Bars Chin Check Now Is Always Temporary Thirty Balloons
Conventions The Price We Pay Different Mistakes A Material Witness At Least It's Justice
Turn the Light Off 8:30 PM My Way The Docks A Beautiful Friendship
Season 2
Call It Macaroni Get My Cigarettes The Weigh Station Chicken, Dynamite, Chainsaw An Honest Woman
Prison Ball They'll Have to Go Through Me Assignment of the Year Called in Dead Shouldn't Have Been Alone
We Don't Work Together Anymore Disco Bob A Little Devil Complex Erin's Mom What Do You Do
What Puts You On That Ledge Say Her Real Name Get Back to Even The Three Gs The Number of Rats
There's My Girl Push The Pain Away Born Into Bad News
Season 3
Life is Fluid Natural Born Storyteller Actual Physical Violence Debts of the Past Climbing Into Bed
You Never Know Who's Who A Dead Kid, a Notebook and a Lot of Maybes Forget My Name Never Forget I Love You Now I'm God
Knocked The Family Right Out Looking Out For Stateville Hit Me The Song of Gregory Williams Yates A Night Owl
The Cases that Need to be Solved Forty-Caliber Bread Crumb Kasual with a K If We Were Normal In A Duffel Bag
Justice She's Got Us Start Digging
Season 4
The Silos Made a Wrong Turn All Cylinders Firing Big Friends, Big Enemies A War Zone
Some Friend 300,000 Likes A Shot Heard Around the World Don't Bury This Case Don't Read the News
You Wish Sanctuary I Remember Her Now Seven Indictments Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will
Emotional Proximity Remember the Devil Little Bit of Light Last Minute Resistance Grasping for Salvation
Fagin Army of One Fork in the Road
Season 5
Reform The Thing About Heroes Promise Snitch Home
Fallen Care Under Fire Politics Monster Rabbit Hole
Confidential Captive Chasing Monsters Anthem Sisterhood
Profiles Breaking Point Ghosts Payback Saved
Allegiance Homecoming
Season 6
New Normal Bad Boys Endings Ride Along Fathers and Sons
True or False Trigger Black and Blue Descent Brotherhood
Trust Outrage Night in Chicago Ties That Bind Good Men
The Forgotten Pain Killer This City What Could Have Been Sacrifice
Confession Reckoning
Season 7
Doubt Assets Familia Infection, Part 3 Brother's Keeper
False Positive Informant No Regrets Absolution Mercy
43rd and Normal The Devil You Know I Was Here Center Mass Burden of Truth
Intimate Violence Before the Fall Lines Buried Secrets Silence of the Night
Season 8
Fighting Ghosts White Knuckle Tender Age Unforgiven In Your Care
Equal Justice Instinct Protect and Serve Impossible Dream The Radical Truth
Signs of Violence Due Process Trouble Dolls Safe The Right Thing
The Other Side
Season 9
Closure Rage The One Next to Me In the Dark Burnside
End of Watch Trust Me Fractures A Way Out Home Safe
Lies To Protect Still Water Blood Relation TBA