Original cast member to leave Chicago P.D. season 10

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As reported exclusively by Variety, Jesse Lee Soffer, a series regular and founding member of the Chicago P.D. ensemble, will leave the show's Intelligence Unit and his role as Det.

Jay Halstead for the next tenth season. In a statement released to Variety on Monday, he thanked the show's "incredible fans" for their "unwavering support" over the past decade. He also thanked

The show's executive producers and everyone at Wolf Entertainment, as well as Peter Jankowski, Matt Olmstead, Derek Haas, Michael Brandt, Rick Eid, Gwen Sigan, NBC, Universal Television,

His co-stars, and the crew. Producing this weekly hour-long play has been a labour of passion for everyone involved. I'm glad I got to serve as Detective Jay Halstead. In recent seasons,

As the show has represented the shift in police in the United States, Halstead has become an important character, serving as a moral compass for his superior, Sgt. Hank Voight (Jason Beghe),

Who previously would do whatever it necessary to get the job done. Voight is relying on Halstead now to steer the unit in the correct direction.Soffer told Monsters & Critics at the time the show's

Tone shifted, "We portray officers that are humans first, and people aren't black and white." There is a line that once crossed, regardless of one's moral compass or ethical code, 

might lead to one's doing anything in any given scenario. Something like the death of a loved one or the kidnapping of your spouse at gunpoint might cause you to breach the law.

In recent seasons, as the show has represented the shift in police in the United States, Halstead has become an important character, serving as a conscience for his employer, Sgt. Hank Voight

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