Occupation: Police Office
Residence: Bayside, Queens
Education/Training: New York City Police Academy
Race: Latino (Puerto Rican Ancestry)
Religion: Roman Catholic
A narcotics office for 8 years, Benitez's entrance into the force only seemed natural, having been raised by a policeman father.
Benitez is largely an idealist cop; he isn't afraid to do the right thing, even if it means making a few enemies - a courage now rarely seen. For him, there is only ever a right way to do things, and a wrong way.
Past performance reviews have rightly described him as stubborn. Relentless in cracking cases and a grand master at grudge holding, Benitez is a force to reckon with. But for as much as he strives to go above and beyond the call of duty, he finds himself at a crossroads with finding the confidence to do so at times.
Benitez and his wife were on the verge of a separation when the Green Poison tragically claimed her life. Already strained by both his commitment to the force and their inability to have children, Benitez's new-found loss carries a guilt he struggles to reconcile. However, his loss like so many of his experiences, has only challenged him to go beyond his emotional comfort level.
As the commander of the Joint Task Force he led a party to the Lincoln Tunnel Checkpoint where he got trapped. By completing that mission he will take over the Security wing of the Base of Operations.