|Affiliation||New York City Police Department|
|Division|| Homicide Department|
Special Victims Unit (current)
|Occupation||Commanding Officer SVU|
|Family|| Marge Cragen (wife) (deceased)|
|First Appearance||Prescription for Death|
Captain Donald "Don" Cragen (born April 1 1947) is currently assigned to the New York City Police Department Special Victims Unit. Previously, he was a homicide detective partnered with Max Greevey, and later a homicide captain, where he worked with Greevey, Mike Logan, Phil Cerreta, and Lennie Briscoe before transferring. Cragen has identified himself as a recovering alcoholic. Cragen originally talked about drinking when discussing his time as Max Greevy's partner. This began the constant theme of detectives and addictions.
His wife, Marge, was a flight attendant until she was killed in an airplane accident. She and Donald have one son, who may have been adopted and one daughter.
- It was revealed in the episode Hammered that he is a recovering alcoholic for more twenty years. This is already hinted in Slaves when a shrink asks if he thinks about talking a drink and he says that he thinks about his alcoholism everyday.
- It is odd he is still a Captain after more than 20 years. He should have been promoted to Deputy Inspector. However, in the 2001 SVU episode Paranoia, while discussing NYPD/IAB politics impeding the episode's investigation, he comments to the Chief of Detectives, "12 years as Captain, I can't get promoted" implying that NYPD/IAB politics impeded his own career.
- His wife Marge had a miscarriage
- After his partner Max Greevey was killed, the case of Steven Talmadge went cold, but Cragen still visited the family every year. With the help of his detectives, he finally solved the case and found Steven, renamed Tyler Blake, but was sympathetic to the family that had raised him for his whole life and that he wanted to stay with. As a result of his sympathies, Cabot became the family's lawyer for the custody battle. ("Stolen")
|Law & Order - Main Characters|
Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren