The Intelligence Unit of Chicago P.D. has gone through a lot of changes over the past few seasons, ranging from the additions (and then departures) of some new characters all the way to Upton and Halstead getting married. One element that hasn’t changed is the rankings of the cops within Intelligence, with Atwater, Burgess, and Ruzek all still ranked as officers with Upton and Halstead as detectives. Now that all three officers are nine seasons in on P.D., I recently spoke with actor LaRoyce Hawkins about Atwater potentially becoming a detective, and he shared some reasons why he’s ready for it to happen.
When I spoke with LaRoyce Hawkins for his latest big episode, I asked if he thinks it’s time for Atwater to finally become a detective. Hawkins not only thinks that it’s time for Atwater, but had some specific reasons why his character should get that promotion:
After the events of “Lies” that ended with Atwater losing what seemed to be the brightest part of his life in the relationship with Celeste and going through a particularly stressful case with a C.I., it’s easy to understand why Atwater would feel like he needs a win. He has had to make a lot of sacrifices for the sake of his job, and hasn’t moved up in the ranks at CPD in nearly a decade.
His big episode showed that Atwater really is capable of helping his community in ways other than his work as a cop, with the purchase of a Burnside building and asking a young artist to paint a mural on the side of it. Atwater also arguably crosses lines less often than any other cop in Intelligence and has put in the time, to the point that even most of his co-stars have agreed that Atwater should be the next officer to make detective.
But will he? There doesn’t seem to be any kind of rule against having more than two detectives per unit, and Voight suggested Atwater for a promotion in an earlier season. Atwater found a way around the situation involving dirty cops in Season 8 that kept his record clean enough to move up the ranks. The show has also gone through some changes behind the scenes with former executive producer Gwen Sigan stepping into the showrunner role, so perhaps some more changes to Intelligence are on the way. And maybe one of those changes could involve Atwater making detective.
Only time will tell at this point, however, and the plot is moving forward pretty quickly in the second half of Season 9 after the first half dealt with the fallout of Upton and Voight’s secret. Tune in to NBC on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET to catch new episodes of Chicago P.D. to cap off a full night of One Chicago action, starting with Chicago Med at 8 p.m. ET and continuing with Chicago Fire at 9 p.m. ET. For some more of what to watch and when to watch it, check out our 2022 winter and spring premiere schedule.
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