Law and Order

Michael "Mike" Logan (born July 11, 1958) is a now-retired homicide detective who worked for the New York City Police Department until 2008.


Early life

Logan had a complicated relationship with his mother, an unstable alcoholic who physically and emotionally abused him. While he does say that his father beat his mother on occasion, he places the fault on her and not him. Logan once joked with his first Major Case partner, Carolyn Barek, that his mother used to make him rum punch. While interrogating a teenager, whose mother convinced him to commit several heists and felony murders, Logan reveals that his own mother used to make him buy liquor for her, which she would drink and then beat him. Logan's father was a beat cop. His father also had a heart transplant in the late 1980s. Mike speaks far more highly of his father than his mother and once said while investigating a possible case of patricide, "if you'd given me a shotgun while my mom was slamming me against a wall, I would've blown her head off, but my father? Not even if he caught me killing the old lady". When Logan was a young man he had a girlfriend who had an abortion against his wishes. (L&O: "Breeder")

He was also sexually abused by his parish priest, Joseph Krolinsky, and for the next 25 years refused to deal with or even acknowledge what happened to him. When his old friend Billy Marino, who was also victimized by Krolinsky, commits suicide, Logan finally confronts Krolinsky and brings him to justice. (L&O: "Bad Faith)

These traumas bred in him a cynical view of religion: he once remarked, "My mother used to beat me with one hand while holding a rosary in the other. The next time I enter a church, I'll be in a pine box carried by six of my friends." (L&O: "Apocrypha")

Police force

As a Manhattan Homicide Detective

Logan and Greevey

During his stint at the 27th Precinct, Logan served under Capt. Donald Cragen and later Lt. Anita Van Buren.

Logan's first two partners at the Two-Seven, Max Greevey and Phil Cerreta, were both shot within a year. Greevey was killed as a result while Cerreta transferred out as a result.

Greevey was fatally shot outside of his home in connection with a corruption case in 1991, and Logan nearly lost his job when he forced a confession out of Greevey's murderer at gunpoint. Logan learned to cope with Greevey's death with help from police psychologist Elizabeth Olivet, and the two became close (in a later episode, it is implied that the two briefly became lovers). Cerreta, meanwhile, was wounded while undercover in a gun trafficking case and later transferred to a desk job at another precinct in 1992. (L&O: "Confession"; "Prince of Darkness")

Logan and Cerreta

As a result, Logan's next partner, Lennie Briscoe, joked that Logan had become jinxed when they were first assigned to each other (L&O: "Point of View"), though Briscoe and Logan would become a solid partnership over the next three years.

Exile in Staten Island

In 1995, Logan was transferred to Staten Island as punishment for punching Kevin Crossley, a corrupt city councilman who got away with murder (L&O: "Pride"). Alexandra Eames once noted that Logan's actions "made him a hero to guys like my dad", even while causing police administrators to punish him. Van Buren attempted three times to get him reassigned to the Two-Seven, but all were unsuccessful. (CI: "Stress Position")

Logan and Briscoe

In 1998, Logan took on a mafia homicide case that reunited him with Cragen, Briscoe and Van Buren, in the hopes that solving this case would get him transferred back to Manhattan. However, things turned ugly when he learned his old friend Tony Profaci was working as an informant for the same mafia family Logan was investigating ("Exiled: A Law & Order Movie"). In the end, Logan did not earn a transfer and remained on Staten Island for several more years.

As a Major Case Squad Detective

In 2005, Capt. James Deakins returned Logan to Manhattan under his command in the Major Case Squad (CI: "Grow"). He is partnered with Detectives Carolyn Barek, Megan Wheeler and, briefly, Nola Falacci. During his tenure with Major Case, he is forced to use lethal force against a man who turned out to be an undercover cop. He is exonerated of any wrongdoing, but is troubled by having killed a fellow officer, and reaches out to Olivet for counseling (CI: "To the Bone").


In 2008, Logan and Wheeler investigated corrupt ADA Terri Driver, who was found to have made her reputation by railroading people she had reason to believe were innocent. Driver retaliated by having Wheeler's fiancé, Colin Ledger, arrested on fraud charges. Shaken by the corruption he had witnessed, Logan decided to leave the NYPD after talking with a priest who told him it was time to do something else with his life. (CI: "Last Rites")

Officer-involved shootings


  • It is not clear what happened with his partner on Staten Island, Frankie Silveira.
  • Logan is the third Law & Order character to be moved to one of the spin-off series. The others are Don Cragen, Lennie Briscoe, Connie Rubirosa, and Elliot Stabler after him. For Logan, he was moved from Law & Order, then given his own TV movie, Exiled, then to the Criminal Intent show.


Icon L&O.jpg Law & Order - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin BernardFrank Cosgrove

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren • Lieutenant Kate Dixon


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael CutterNolan Price

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie RubirosaSamantha Maroun

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


Elizabeth OlivetAlfred Wentworth

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