As it turns out, the creative minds behind the Chicago PD cameras wanted Jay Halstead’s departure from the show to reflect the kind of person he was. As showrunner Gwen Sigan told NBC Insider, she and the other writers on the series went to great lengths to build a proper exit for this popular cop. “We all wanted to do as much justice to Halstead’s character as possible — who he was for the show,” Sigan said, adding, “It felt important to keep him alive and to keep him out in the world and trying.” , to do good. “
Shortly before leaving the series, Halstead tells his wife, Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), that he is reenlisting in the army to take part in the military’s drug intervention program in Bolivia. Sigan notes that this decision is consistent with Halstead’s core personality: “The Army has always been an integral part of who he is. I think the time with the Rangers shaped his morale and compass. It was fitting that he wanted to come back to it.” As for the actor himself about the end of his time on Chicago PD, Soffer said, “Creating this hour-long drama week in and week out has been a labor of love for everyone who touches the show . I will always be proud of my time as Detective Jay Halstead” (via Entertainment Weekly).