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The Special Victims Unit (SVU) is a division within the New York City Police Department.
The Detectives in this division investigate crimes involving sexual assault, the very young, or the very elderly, as well as any crime loosely connected with any of the three. The unit also deals with murder, abduction, robbery and child pornography cases. The unit is housed in several different boroughs.
- Detective 2nd/1st Grade Elliot Stabler (1992–2011, retired)
- Detective 3rd/2nd/1st Grade Olivia Benson (1998–2014, promoted)
- Detective 1st Grade John Munch (1999–2007, promoted)
- Detective 3rd Grade Brian Cassidy (1999–2000, transferred; now works in the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau)
- Detective Monique Jeffries (1999–2000, resigned; Jefferies was eventually reinstated and transferred to the NYPD's Vice Squad. She would return to help her former colleagues locate the runaway daughter of a fellow police officer)
- Detective 3rd Grade Ken Briscoe (1999–2000, transferred)
- Detective Odafin Tutuola (2000–2017, promoted)
- Detective Dani Beck (2006, returned to the Warrants Section)
- Detective Chester Lake (2007–2008, imprisoned)
- Detective 2nd Grade Nick Amaro (2011–2015, retired)
- Detective 3rd Grade Amanda Rollins (2011–present)
- Detective 3rd Grade Dominick Carisi, Jr. (2014–present)
- Captain Donald Cragen (1999–2014, retired)
- Captain Steven Harris (2012, temporary)
- Lieutenant Declan Murphy (2014)
- Lieutenant Olivia Benson (2015–present)
- Sergeant John Munch (2007–2013, retired)
- Sergeant Olivia Benson (2014–2015, promoted)
- Sergeant Mike Dodds (2015–2016, KIA)
- Sergeant Odafin Tutuola (2017–present)
The detectives of the Manhattan Special Victims Unit are frequently assisted by personnel from other New York City Police Department (NYPD) units, the District Attorney (D.A)'s office, the Medical Examiner's (M.E's) Office, and even the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- New York City (NYC) Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) Medical Examiner (M.E.) Dr. Melinda Warner, M.D. (2000–Present)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Forensic psychiatrist Special Agent Dr. George Huang, M.D., (2001–2011)
- New York City Police Department (NYPD) Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU) Technician/Lieutenant Ruben Morales (2002–2011)
- New York City Police Department (NYPD) Crime Scene Unit (CSU) Captain Judith Siper (2003–2011)
- New York City Police Department (NYPD) Crime Scene Unit (CSU) Forensic Technician Ryan O'Halloran (2003–2009, KIA)
- New York City Police Department (NYPD) Crime Scene Unit (CSU) Forensic Technician Dale Stuckey (2009, imprisoned)
- In early episodes the Special Victims Unit was often depicted as the "Sex Crimes division", or "Manhattan SVU".
- Assistant District Attorney Abbie Carmichael, NYCDA (1999–2000)
- Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot, NYCDA (2000–2003, 2009, 2009–2010, 2011–2012, resigned)
- Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak, NYCDA (2003–2008, 2011–2012)
- Assistant District Attorney Kim Greylek, NYCDA (2008–2009, transferred)
- Executive Assistant District Attorney Sonya Paxton, NYCDA (2009, 2010–2011, KIA)
- Assistant District Attorney Jo Marlowe, NYCDA (2010)
- Assistant District Attorney Mikka Von, NYCDA (2010, fired)
- Assistant District Attorney Sherri West, NYCDA (2010–2011, resigned)
- Assistant District Attorney Gillian Hardwicke, NYCDA (2010–2011)
- Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba, NYCDA (2012–2018, retired)
- Assistant District Attorney Peter Stone, NYCDA (2018–2019)
Since 2014, the Deputy Chief of all NYPD Special Victims Units is William Dodds.
The real Special Victims Unit
The NYPD does have a real unit that investigates sex crimes which, same as depicted in the show, is housed in separate Borough Patrols, (i.e. Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx & Queens). In addition to the different name, the real Special Victims Squad only investigates the following types of cases:
- Any child under 13 years of age who is the victim of any sex crime or attempted sex crime.
- Any child under 11 years of age who is the victim of abuse by a parent or person legally responsible for the care of the child.
- Any victim of rape (all degrees) or attempted rape (all degrees).
- Any victim of Criminal Sexual Act (all degrees) or Attempted Criminal Sexual Act (all degrees).
- Victims of Aggravated Sexual Abuse (all degrees).
- Victims of Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
They also deal with children, handicapped and elderly victims of non-sexual crimes who require specialist handling. The real Special Victims Unit does not investigate any murder, robbery or child pornography cases. Murders and robberies are investigated by precinct detective squads. If a sex crime is involved, the Special Victims Squad may assist in the investigation. Child pornography is investigated by the NYPD Vice Enforcement Sexual Exploitation of Children Unit.