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Caroline Massey

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Caroline Massey is a middle aged Detective with an ear for slang and a penchant for clipping coupons.


Officer Massey joined the show in season three as a member of the major case unit under Lieutenant Cedric Daniels. Massey is a world-weary officer with a penchant for sarcasm and cutting coupons. She was particularly adept at deciphering the slang used by Barksdale drug dealers on wiretaps of cellular phones. Her diligent work manning wiretaps earned the respect of Lester Freamon when she was part of his successful undercover operation to supply pre-wiretapped phones to the Barksdale organization.

In season four, Massey continued to work with the Major Case Unit and settled into her role. When the unit was assigned Lieutenant Marimow as a commander, Freamon transferred out. Massey and Sydnor were left to face Marimow closing down their wiretaps and ordering raids on weeks old targets.[1][2]

Behind the scenesEdit

Massey is played by Joilet F. Harris.


Season three

Season four


  1. Org Chart - The Law. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-07-22.
  2. Character profile - Officer Caroline Massey. HBO (2004). Retrieved on 2006-07-22.

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