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Officer Kevin Atwater is a police officer for the Chicago Police Department. He is partnered with Officer Kim Burgess on patrol. Since the end of Season 1 he has worked in 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. In Disco Bob, he mentions to several of his cousins and a aunt work at a catering company called The Grill, that helps ex-cons.

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.

Season 1

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 after an opening appears, much to his joy.

Season 2

During Prison Ball, after asking Kim to watch Vinessa, 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 his demotion 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.

Season 3

He is offered the position of being the best man for Adam and Kim’s wedding.

In Climbing Into Bed, Kevin brutally interrogates a 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.

During You Never Know Who's Who, Kevin and Intelligence locate a dead body in a park. The unit investigate the home of the man and are shocked that he has an Arsenal of weapons in the basement.

Season 4

Season 5


Season 6

During Black and Blue, Kevin is involved with a girl named Laila whilst helping her friend Nathan but is horrified that she was involved with a murder. Kevin helps her with putting her former friend Kenny to incriminate himself but the latter is found dead. He is dismayed that she is sentenced to three years in prison while he discovers that Nathan was the shooter. Upon confronting him, Kevin finds the gun that was used in the murder. Rather than arrest him, Kevin instead disposes of the gun by throwing it off the bridge.

During Trust, Kevin is shot and brought to the hospital. His colleagues weren't pleased, especially Voight because the criminal who shot Kevin was released by Brian Kelton who Voight was unable to confront because Jay (knowing how his Sergeant would react) appeared to stop him before he does something to Kelton.

In Night In Chicago, Kevin infiltrated a gang and warms up to one of the members Darryl. On the way to meet the leader Gamble, they are pulled over by racists cops. Although Kevin tried to talk the way out of it Daryl is shot and killed. The intelligence unit make sure to keep his cover safe so that he could continue to infiltrate the gang. He’s later angry about how the situation went down. Regardless Kevin carries on with his assignment after arresting Gamble. His teammates try to comfort him by meeting they don’t know what he’s going through but tell him that they’re on his side something he appreciates. Because of what he has witnessed Kevin is caught in the world of politics by an alderman and others when he goes to make a statement.

After giving his statement to his superiors Kevin goes to confront the man Doyle at the bar. Kevin tells Doyle that he told their superiors the truth, Daryl reached for the gun and attacked. Doyle was surprised by Kevin’s defending of him. Outside Kevin proceeds to give the man a vicious beating for all of his actions. He also makes the man see the situation he put him through by putting a gun to his head. After doing so, Kevin proceeds to walk away from the scene satisfied.

Season 7

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 recommended for the promotion to detective.

Notes and Trivia

  • Kevin used a Glock 17 as his sidearm from Seasons 1-5. In Season 6, he switches this out for a Springfield Champion Lightweight.
  • His radio code is 5021 David.
  • His Class A uniform displays the Department Emblem of Recognition + Fitness Bar, Department Commendation Award, Presidential Election Deployment Award, and Unit Meritorious Performance Award.
  • 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.


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 Gone
Closer Adrift New Guard Fool's Gold TBA