As seen in "Knockout" and "Veritas", Beckett is a recipient of the New York City Police Department Medal of Honor, the NYPD Unit Citation with a wreath, and the NYPD Longevity Service Bar with numeral "10".In the pilot episode, Beckett leads the investigation into the murder of Allison Tisdale, which is staged in the style of a death scene described in the Richard Castle novel Flowers For Your Grave, along with other murders based on Castle's fiction.Between her junior and senior year of college, she spent a semester studying in Kiev, Ukraine.
In "Always", Beckett resigns from the NYPD after nearly losing her life trying to apprehend Cole Maddox, the sniper who shot her the previous year at Captain Montgomery's funeral.
Over the next few days, she learns that Maddox was working for Senator William H.
However, although Beckett made a positive impression on her colleagues for her investigative skills, she soon found herself unable to make the necessary moral compromises for her new role, jeopardizing a plan to infiltrate a major crime syndicate to protect a young woman who would have been forced to act as the mole.
As a result, Beckett was fired, leaving her briefly unemployed due to station budget cuts preventing Gates from simply re-hiring her.
His stories and influence in her life later led to her falling in love with him.
By 2009, Beckett was the lead detective of the 12th Precinct's Detective Squad, specializing in murder investigations.
She worked with fellow detectives Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and medical examiner Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones) under Captain Roy Montgomery (Ruben Santiago-Hudson).
After Captain Montgomery was killed in action in 2011, his position was filled by Captain Gates.
She was eventually able to help her father get through it, though.