Law and Order

Monique Jeffries is a detective who was assigned to Manhattan's Special Victims Unit under the command of Captain Donald Cragen.


Early in the show, she was partnered with various detectives such as Detective Brian Cassidy and Detective Ken Briscoe, but would be permanently partnered with Detective John Munch towards the end of the first season, replacing Cassidy as Munch's partner.

Shortly after she was teamed with Munch, Jeffries was injured when a car exploded while she and Munch were investigating a case. This incident left her vulnerable and she had a one-night stand with a man she knew to be a suspect in a sexual assault case the unit had investigated.

Shortly after this incident, she confessed the incident to a department psychiatrist, believing the confession to be confidential. Actually, the psychiatrist had been working for a commission which was investigating problems in various police units.

When Cragen told Jeffries that she would have to speak to the commission about the incident, she declines furiously, shouting she was not sharing her personal sex life. Cragen tells her that she has no choice.

Stabler was eventually cleared, but Jeffries was taken off active police duty and placed on desk duty until she could receive treatment for her problems.

Her place in the squad was taken by Detective Odafin Tutuola and she was the first in the squad to speak with him when he reported for duty.

Jeffries introduced herself and offered to help him when he entered the unit. However, she found out that he was her replacement when she looked at his file.

Jeffries found desk duty to be intolerable and was belligerent when Captain Don Cragen still wanted to include her in staff meetings.

She blamed Cragen for supporting the decision of the commission to take her off active duty. She eventually resigned and sued the department for discrimination.

Jeffries was eventually reinstated and transferred to the NYPD's Vice Squad. She returned to help her former colleagues locate the runaway daughter of a fellow police officer (SVU: "Runaway").


  • Jeffries is the only main character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit who has been replaced by another officer whilst being taken off active police duty. Alongside that, she is the first main character in SVU to leave the Special Victims Unit and the only main character who left due to conflict with staff.
  • Jeffries is the only main character from the first eight seasons of SVU to not return in a guest or recurring role after leaving the show.


Icon SVU.jpg Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Elliot StablerJohn MunchOdafin TutuolaOlivia BensonAmanda Rollins

Junior Detectives: Olivia BensonMonique JeffriesOdafin TutuolaChester LakeAmanda RollinsNick AmaroDominick Carisi, Jr.Katriona TaminJoe Velasco

Squad Supervisors: John MunchOlivia BensonOdafin Tutuola

Commanding Officers: Donald CragenOlivia BensonChristian Garland

Assistant District Attorneys: Alexandra CabotCasey NovakKim GreylekRafael BarbaPeter StoneDominick Carisi, Jr.

Others: Melinda WarnerGeorge Huang