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Law and Order
Alexandra Eames
Name Alexandra Eames Dutton
Title Lieutenant
Detective (former)
Affiliation NYPD
Division Major Case Squad
Precinct One Police Plaza
Occupation Police Officer
Family Johnny Eames (father)
Joe Dutton (husband; deceased)
Elizabeth (sister)
Two unnamed nephews
Two unnamed nieces
Status Alive
Actor Kathryn Erbe
First Appearance CI: "One"
Last Appearance SVU: "Poisoned Motive"

Alexandra Eames was a detective on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, portrayed by Kathryn Erbe. She works in Manhattan's Major Case Squad and was Robert Goren's partner. Most recently she is the Lieutenant in charge of MCS. (SVU: "Acceptable Loss")


Eames grew up in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan. She went to P.S. 121 as a child. (CI: "The Last Street in Manhattan"). She came from a family of police officers, including her father Johnny Eames.

She is widowed.[1] Her husband Joe Dutton, who was also a police officer in New York City, was killed in the line of duty. She would find out in 2007 that the man who had been convicted of Joe's murder, Ray Delgado, was actually innocent. The actual murderer turned out to be Manny Beltran, who had decided to become a doctor to assuage his guilt over the murder. (CI: "Amends")

Eames was a surrogate mother for her sister in 2003, giving birth to a boy. (CI: "F.P.S.")

When accused by Goren's nemesis, Nicole Wallace, as having "eggs ripe and ready to hire", Eames cites pregnancy as a "great experience" and that she remains close to her nephew.

Eames briefly served as the temporary Captain of the MCS after the murder of Captain Danny Ross, however, she resigned after being forced to fire her partner Detective Goren. She did so despite being offered the chance to become the permanent Captain of the MCS. (CI: Loyalty (2))

She (along with Goren) were reinstated to the Major Case Squad a year later. (CI: Rispetto)

Eames is on loan to the joint City/Federal Homeland Security Task Force. Olivia Benson asks Eames why she stared at the suspect with a tilted head, and Eames responds that it was something her partner taught her while at MCS.

She briefly mentions to Benson that her partner at MCS moved on after 11 years of working together and for her, it was also time for a change. (SVU: "Acceptable Loss")

Eames would later assist the SVU team with hunting down Gloria Montero by coordinating NYPD and SWAT teams throughout the search and would later assist in background efforts during the standoff between Gloria and Odafin Tutuola. (SVU: "Poisoned Motive")

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  1. Revealed in "The War at Home"

Icon CI.jpg Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Alexandra EamesMike LoganZack Nichols

Junior Detectives: Robert GorenCarolyn BarekMegan WheelerNola FalacciSerena Stevens

Commanding Officers: James DeakinsDanny RossZoe CallasJoseph Hannah

Others: A.D.A. Ron Carver • Dr. Paula Gyson