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Terry Randolph
Name Terry Randolph
Title Sergeant
Affiliation NYPD
Division School Security Division
Crime Scene Unit
Street Crime Unit
Occupation Police officer
Pathology Dirty cop
Serial killer
Mass murderer
Family Unnamed father (deceased)
Pauline Randolph (mother)
Simone Randolph (daughter)
Unnamed daughter
Status Imprisoned for life
Actor Viola Davis
First Appearance "Badge"

Sergeant Teresa "Terry" Randolph was a corrupt NYPD officer who worked for the School Security Division. She was Van Buren's student in the academy and Van Buren eventually became her rabbi in the department.


Randolph served three years in the Marine Corps and after that she applied to become a police officer for the NYPD. While at the academy she meet Anita Van Buren while she was giving a course there. After Randolph graduated a year later she called Van Buren asking for a recommendation to a Street Crime Unit, which Van Buren gave. She took courses in computers, worked for two different CSU teams and often applied for overtime to cover the cost of raising her kids. Randolph repeatedly applied to be a detective but was denied every time she applied. In 1998, Randolph arrested Carla Wang, but decided to not testify at the grand jury to get the charges dismissed as a favor to her grandmother, Celia, who worked for the NYPD at the Chief of D's Office. Randolph spent twelve years on the force and eventually reached the rank of Sergeant.

Randolph eventually retired on disability after twelve years but got another job with the School Security Division of the NYPD while keeping her pension. In 2001, Randolph decided to use her position to shake down drug dealers for kickbacks and recruiting officers that worked under her to help pay for her daughters' private school. To this end, Randolph and her crew executed the most widely known drug dealer they could find and his girlfriend to gain respect on the street. Randolph and her crew utilized her CSU training to clean up the scene afterwards.

When an accountant starts auditing the School Security Division and discovers cops double dipping and kickbacks, Randolph orchestrates a plan to kill him and disguise the killing as the work of a family annihilator. To this end she sets up a fake personnel ad account online using his bank account information and sends emails to this ad from five accounts, all set up with stolen credit cards. She also forged a desk appearance ticket for cruising for hookers. She then starts calling his office asking for him to further sell the story.


In 2002, Randolph and her crew kill the Sherwood family, clean up the crime scene, and plant evidence framing Ron for the murders. Randolph has dinner with her boss Mancuso and they discuss the Sherwood murders and Randolph hands him an envelope filled with cash as a payoff to look the other way. After Detectives Eames and Goren talk to Phil LeGrand, Randolph reassures her partner after expressing how they rattled LeGrand. When they spot one of their dealers, Randolph chases him down while hold his friends back. When she catches up to him she takes his entire roll of money as her payment in addition to extra for trying to avoid her. When he mentions her not being a real cop, Randolph grabs her nightstick, presses it against his throat, and threatens to arrest him and his friends and turn them over to the real cops if he doesn't show respect. She goes on to say that they are all in business only as long as she allows them to be.

After LeGrand commits suicide, Goren and Eames draw her attention by interrogating a drug dealer on school grounds. When they ask about her about LeGrand she replies that he was good at his job but didn't know about his psych issues and Goren starts acting like a rude, arrogant jerk to rile her. While having dinner with her daughters, Celia Wang tips her off to the Detectives searching for the brand of cleaner agent she used to clean the crime scenes and goes tells her mother she is heading out. She finds her contact in CSU Arliss, who she did a six month training regiment with in 1996, and has him switch the brands so they can't trace it to her.

The police eventually execute a search warrant on her house and Goren continues acting like a jerk to her while questioning how they can afford her house and her daughters' private school tuition. Randolph starts commenting on Goren's spending habits and claims he could afford her house too if he didn't throw it away. Goren responds by telling her mother about her crimes while Randolph tells Goren to leave her alone and Eames "reels him in". They then casually mention the 27th Precinct and Eames apologizes to her saying they will have her back. Randolph asks Celia about any correspondence about her concerning the 2-7 and Cecilia give her the location of one such file written by Anita Van Buren.

When Randolph tries to take the file the police arrive behind her and arrest her for stealing a confidential file in conjunction for covering up a murder as apart of a sting to trap her. As she is taken away she confesses that she committed her crimes for her daughters and begs them not to take them away from her. Goren simply says it maybe a good thing that she is not around as a role model for her daughters. (CI: "Badge")

Known VictimsEdit

  • 2001: The drug dealer couple (two fatalities)
    • Rudy Suarez (shot once in the back of the head)
    • Unnamed girlfriend (shot once in the back of the head)
  • 2002: The Sherwood family massacre (four fatalities)
    • Mandy Sherwood (beaten with a baseball bat)
    • William "Billy" Sherwood (suffocated with a pillow)
    • Sarah Sherwood (suffocated with a pillow)
    • Ron Sherwood (stabbed in the chest)

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