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Anita Van Buren
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Name: Anita Van Buren
Profession: Police Officer (retired)
Rank: Lieutenant (1993-2010)
Marital status: Divorced
Spouse(s): Donald Van Buren (ex-husband)
Significant other(s): Frank Gibson (fiancé)
Children: Ric Van Buren (son)
Stefan Van Buren (son)
Status: Alive
Portrayed by: S. Epatha Merkerson

Anita Van Buren is the Commanding Officer of the Detective Squad at the 27th Precinct in Law & Order.

Biography

Anita Van Buren succeeded Captain Don Cragen as commander of the 27th Precinct Detective Squad after Cragen transferd to the Anti-Corruption Task Force. She oversees the work of detectives such as Lennie Briscoe, Mike Logan, Rey Curtis, Ed Green, Joe Fontana, Nick Falco, Nina Cassady, Cyrus Lupo, and Kevin Bernard. Her detectives have affectionately addressed her by two shortened versions of her rank: "L.T." and "Lieu".

Appearances

  • Law & Order (17 seasons, 388 episodes):
    • Season 4: Sweeps • Volunteers • Discord • Profile • Black Tie • Pride and Joy • Apocrypha • American Dream • Born Bad • The Pursuit of Happiness • Golden Years • Snatched • Breeder • Censure • Kids • Big Bang • Mayhem • Wager • Sanctuary • Nurture • Doubles • Old Friends
    • Season 5: Second Opinion • Coma • Blue Bamboo • Family Values • White Rabbit • Competence • Precious • Virtue • Scoundrels • House Counsel • Guardian • Progeny • Rage • Performance • Seed • Wannabe • Act of God • Privileged • Cruel and Unusual • Bad Faith • Purple Heart • Switch • Pride
    • Season 6: Bitter Fruit • Rebels • Savages • Jeopardy • Hot Pursuit • Paranoia • Humiliation • Angel • Blood Libel • Remand • Corpus Delicti • Trophy • Charm City • Custody • Encore • Savior • Deceit • Atonement • Slave • Girlfriends • Pro Se • Homesick • Aftershock
    • Season 7: Causa Mortis • I.D. • Good Girl • Survivor • Corruption • Double Blind • Deadbeat • Family Business • Entrapment • Legacy • Menace • Barter • Matrimony • Working Mom • D-Girl • Turnaround • Mad Dog • Double Down • We Like Mike • Passion • Past Imperfect • Terminal
    • Season 8: Thrill • Denial • Navy Blues • Harvest • Nullification • Baby, It's You • Blood • Shadow • Burned • Ritual • Under the Influence • Expert • Castoff • Grief • Faccia a Faccia • Divorce • Carrier • Stalker • Disappeared • Burden • Bad Girl • Damaged • Tabloid • Monster
    • Season 9: Cherished • DWB • Bait • Flight • Agony • Scrambled • Venom • Punk • True North • Hate • Ramparts • Haven • Hunters • Sideshow • Disciple • Harm • Shield • Juvenile • Tabula Rasa • Empire • Ambitious • Admissions • Refuge (1) • Refuge (2)
    • Season 10: Gunshow • Killerz • DNR • Merger • Justice • Marathon • Patsy • Blood Money • Sundown • Loco Parentis • Collision • Mother's Milk • Panic • Entitled • Fools For Love • Trade This • Black, White and Blue • Mega • Surrender Dorothy • Untitled • Narcosis • High & Low • Stiff • Vaya Con Dios
    • Season 11: Endurance • Turnstile Justice • Dissonance • Standoff • Return • Burn, Baby, Burn • Amends • Thin Ice • Hubris • Whose Monkey is it Anyway? • Sunday in the Park with Jorge • Teenage Wasteland • Phobia • A Losing Season • Swept Away - A Very Special Episode • Bronx Cheer • Ego • White Lie • Whiplash • All My Children • Brother's Keeper • School Daze • Judge Dread • Deep Vote
    • Season 12: Who Let the Dogs Out? • Armed Forces • For Love or Money • Soldier of Fortune • Possession • Formerly Famous • Myth of Fingerprints • The Fire This Time • 3 Dawg Night • Prejudice • The Collar • Undercovered • DR 1-102 • Missing • Access Nation • Born Again • Girl Most Likely • Equal Rights • Slaughter • Dazzled • Foul Play • Attorney Client • Oxymoron • Patriot
    • Season 13: American Jihad • Shangri-La • True Crime • Tragedy on Rye • The Ring • Hitman • Open Season • Asterisk • The Wheel • Mother's Day • Chosen • Under God • Absentia • Star Crossed • Bitch • Suicide Box • Genius • Maritime • Seer • House Calls • Sheltered • Couples • Smoke
    • Season 14: Bodies • Bounty • Patient Zero • Shrunk • Blaze • Identity • Floater • Embedded • Compassion • Ill-Conceived • Darwinian • Payback • Married with Children • City Hall • Veteran's Day • Can I Get a Witness? • Hands Free • Evil Breeds • Nowhere Man • Everybody Loves Raimondo's • Vendetta • Gaijin • Caviar Emptor • C.O.D.
    • Season 15: Paradigm • The Dead Wives Club • The Brotherhood • Coming Down Hard • Gunplay • Cut • Gov Love • Cry Wolf • All in the Family • Enemy • Fixed • Mammon • Ain't No Love • Fluency • Obsession • The Sixth Man • License to Kill • Dining Out • Sects • Tombstone • Publish and Perish • Sport of Kings • In God We Trust • Locomotion
    • Season 16: Red Ball • Flaw • Ghosts • Age of Innocence • Life Line • Birthright • House of Cards • New York Minute • Criminal Law • Acid • Bible Story • Family Friend • Heart of Darkness • Magnet • Choice of Evils • Cost of Capital • America, Inc. • Thinking Makes It So • Positive • Kingmaker • Hindsight • Invaders
    • Season 17: Fame • Avatar • Home Sweet • Fear America • Public Service Homicide • Profiteer • In Vino Veritas • Release • Deadlock • Corner Office • Remains of the Day • Charity Case • Talking Points • Church • Melting Pot • Murder Book • Good Faith • Bling • Fallout • Captive • Over Here • The Family Hour
    • Season 18: Called Home • Darkness • Misbegotten • Bottomless • Driven • Political Animal • Quit Claim • Illegal • Executioner • Tango • Betrayal • Submission • Angelgrove • Burn Card • Bogeyman • Strike • Personae Non Gratae • Excalibur
    • Season 19: Rumble • Challenged • Lost Boys • Falling • Knock Off • Sweetie • Zero • Chattel • By Perjury • Pledge • Lucky Stiff • Illegitimate • Crimebusters • Rapture • Bailout • Take-Out • Anchors Away • Promote This! • All New • Exchange • Skate or Die • The Drowned and the Saved
    • Season 20: Memo From The Dark Side • Just a Girl in the World • Great Satan • Reality Bites • Dignity • Human Flesh Search Engine • Boy Gone Astray • Doped • For the Defense • Shotgun • Fed • Blackmail • Steel-Eyed Death • Boy on Fire • Brilliant Disguise • Innocence • Four Cops Shot • Brazil • Crashers • The Taxman Cometh • Immortal • Love Eternal • Rubber Room
  • Exiled: A Law & Order Movie
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent (1 season, 1 episode):
    • Season 1: Badge
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury (1 season, 1 episode):
    • Season 1: Skeleton


Law & Order
Characters Anita Van BurenPaul RobinetteDanielle MelnickShambala GreenElizabeth OlivetEmil Skoda
Crossover Episodes Smack is BackMob StreetJusticeFakeUncertainty Principle
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