Augustus Polk is an aging detective from the property unit who worked briefly in the Barksdale and Sobotka details.


Season 1Edit

Polk was transferred into the Barksdale detail from the property unit. He is often called Auggie by his partner Patrick Mahon. He is generally regarded as a "hump", since he has not made a single case in property crimes over their last ten years. He is also an alcoholic.

After his partner Mahone retired due to injury, Polk considers deliberately injuring himself to follow in his partner's footsteps. Unable to follow through on his plan, he becomes despondent and goes on a drinking binge. He misses several days work and finally shows up drunk at 9AM. Lieutenant Daniels tells him to take sick leave for his alcohol problem or work "wet". Polk opted for sick leave and is off until the case is closed.

Season 2Edit

In the second season, he is briefly assigned to the first Sobotka detail under Lieutenant Grayson. When Major Valchek complains about the unit being full of humps, Daniels is put in command and Polk is moved back to property.

Season 5Edit

In the fifth season, he is seen to have ultimately ended up in Evidence Control. When Daniels visits there briefly, he tells him "Glad you landed OK". Polk responds unenthusiastically, "Yeah. Beats working."


Augustus Polk is a recurring character in the first, second, and fifth seasons. He is played by guest star Nat Benchley and debuts in "The Detail".

The name of the pair, "Polk/Mahon", is homonymic with the Irish expression "póg mo thóin" ("kiss my ass").


Season 1 appearances
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 2 appearances
"Ebb Tide" "Collateral Damage" "Hot Shots" "Hard Cases" "Undertow"
"All Prologue" "Backwash" "Duck and Cover" "Stray Rounds" "Storm Warnings"
"Bad Dreams" "Port in a Storm"
Season 5 appearances
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "–30–"


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