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Amy Santiago
Occupation: Detective at 99th Precinct
Relatives Victor Santiago (Father)
7 Brothers
13 year old niece
Relationships Jake Peralta

Teddy Wells
(Ex Boyfriend)
Gabe (Dated)
Luke Mueller (Dated)

Badge No.: 98204

2216 (Pilot)

Series Information
First Appearance: Pilot
No. of Episodes: All except:

Coral Palms Pt. 1

Portrayed by: Melissa Fumero
Detective Amy Santiago is a detective at the 99th precinct of the NYPD. Always eager to impress, Amy is looking for a mentor to help her achieve her dream of being promoted to captain.


Amy is incredibly competitive—about everything. She is always striving to be the best. Amy is intelligent and resourceful in the best of times. She can be spiteful, obnoxious, and condescending towards Peralta, but mainly when they are competing together in Season 1. Amy is insanely ambitious about making Captain Holt her mentor—her "rabbi"—to the extent that she will become a complete teacher's pet in order to get his admiration.


Amy comes from a Cuban-American family. She has seven brothers and at least one niece. Her grandfather was a police officer.

As a child, Amy excelled enough in school to skip the 4th grade entirely. She attended a magnet school, where she was voted "most likely to befriend a school administrator." In eighth grade, she was given the key to the teachers lounge, where she stocked the fridge and cleaned up after the teachers. During high school she was voted "Most Appropriate." In college she studied art history.

Amy is highly allergic to dogs, and being near them for more than few minutes could cause her to need medical attention. Her eyesight is very poor, requiring her to sometimes wear glasses.

Her favorite cop movies, in order, are: Training Day, Lethal Weapon, and Fargo. Amy has one friend named Kylie who frequently sets her up on dates. Amy is proven to be a terrible cook, for instance adding baking soda instead of salt to mashed potatoes because they're both white powders. She plays the french horn and is left-handed.

Smoking cigarettes is one of her vices. She attempts to quit unsuccessfully in USPIS and later mentions that she is using e-cigs in Windbreaker City.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Amy has long brown hair and dark brown eyes. She is usually seen wearing a trouser suit and a blouse or shirt in a block color. She typically pulls her hair back in a ponytail or bun when on the job. Amy wears her police badge on her belt.

When she doesn't have her contact lenses on hand, Amy sometimes has to wear comically large glasses.

Jewelry worn by Amy includes: stud earrings, pendant necklaces, a silver watch (on her right wrist), and a ring once belonging to her grandmother.


Jake PeraltaEdit

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Though Jake and Amy are partners, they have a very competitive relationship. They often try to one-up each other or participate in bets. Though they argue and tease each other, it is clear they have mutual respect and share a friendship.

As the series progresses their friendship develops into romantic interest, but they have yet to engage in a relationship, despite kissing each other several times during Johnny and Dora.

In the first episode of season 3 both Jake and Amy state they would like to be more than just colleagues.

as of The New Captain, they are officially dating.

Ray Holt Edit

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Amy considers Captain Holt a great leader. She wants him to be her life coach and often embarrasses herself in her attempts to follow his orders. At one point, she even bowed at him. She was very proud when he corrected her Thanksgiving speech.

Rosa DiazEdit

Rosa and Amy have a very good relationship. In Sal's Pizza, when Rosa tells Amy how she was offered a job as their new police captain in Ropesburg PD, Amy becomes jealous. At the end of the episode Rosa tells Amy how the two need to have each other's backs.

Running Gags Edit

Title of Amy's Sextape Edit

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A reoccurring joke in the show is Jake using double entendres to insult Amy's sex life. The first occurrence was in M.E. Time, though it was during the Halloween episode that he first reference the titles of her sex tapes.

Blaming Amy Edit

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Another recurring joke on the show is Jake alway trying to push the blame off of himself and onto Amy.

Amy embarrassed in front of Holt Edit

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One of the running gags affiliated with Amy is that she will constantly try too hard to earn the respect of Holt, but by doing so, she will make a fool of herself or do something wrong, which Holt will call her out on. Embarrassed, Amy will back out of the conversation, responding with a forced positive comment on him.

Trivia Edit

  • Amy is allergic to dogs.
  • Amy over brushed her teeth, her aggressive brushing technique stripped away much the protective enamel and much of her gum, leaving her with 7 cavities. It is unknown if she still over brushes. [1]
  • Amy goes to an adult puzzle camp every summer. [2]
  • Amy claims she has made it through 20 years of adulthood without scratching her butt in public. [3]
  • Amy is very skilled at reading lips. [4]
  • Amy went to a weekend-long math conference called "Funky Cats and their Feisty Stats".[5]
  • Amy is left-handed.
  • Amy plays French Horn.[6]
  • Amy is a terrible cook.
  • Melissa Fumero was pregnant for most of the filming of season 3, giving birth just five days after they wrapped. Therefore Amy's stomach is often hidden for most of the seasons latter half, or in the case of the final three episodes, used as a plot device (Amy pretends to be the pregnant Isabella Cortez)


Holt: Something to share with the rest of us, Santiago?
Santiago: No, sir. I, I wasn't... Peralta is the one that was talking!
Peralta: God, you must've been the worst fourth-grader ever.
Santiago: Joke's on you. I skipped fourth grade.[7]



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