Frank is a meticulous Commissioner, who takes his job very seriously and has no trouble keeping up with the many facets of his position. He keeps tabs on all his underlings and his family, he has a strong desire to maintain the same traditions as when his wife was alive (and continues to miss her on a daily basis, cherishing the memories they had together), and he takes an interest in their daily lives. He often asks his children how their jobs, relationships, and projects are going. He has a long memory for his case files and places worth on his former associations, respecting his father for his Commissioner work but not seeing any need to duplicate it, himself. How he approaches people is based in his own subjective experiences with them, such as respecting and honoring his former partner despite his father’s dislike for him, because he took several bullets intended for Frank. But his inferior Ne can be a problem—at times, he does not think widely enough, as his father points out after he has been shot (his father accurately predicts that this has to do with “one of his old cases,” something Frank denies for awhile). On occasion, he will have a sense of something being “wrong” but not a specific notion of what his instincts are telling him. Still, he trusts and responds to those hunches (leading him, in one instance, when his daughter does not promptly show up at a restaurant, to save her life from a serial killer). Frank makes it known that he hires people based on their job qualifications and results, more than his personal feelings toward them. He has no trouble working with people he does not like, or that do not like him, in order to serve the city. Frank will often point out an action leading to a consequence around the Sunday dinner table, in various discussions with his kids and grandkids about what is going on in their lives and/or their political or moral views. When his son comes under investigation for firing on a fellow officer, Frank refuses to protect him and insists they investigate him just as they would do any other officer; putting aside personal feelings for what is appropriate in the situation, to avoid favoritism. He does not really care what people think of him, and it does not factor into his decision-making, leading to frequent conflict with his superiors in the mayor’s office. Frank can be uncompromising on what he believes and unwilling to negotiate, instead flat out refusing to say anything he does not mean and showing his utter contempt for the press in all his public briefings. He also has strong moral principles. He often keeps his opinions to himself, pointing out to his granddaughter that he likes her father, but loves his daughter, and so he has to choose a side in the divorce (but, he says, she does not). He has a strong desire to allow others to keep their dignity, even when they are in the wrong, allowing corrupt cops at times to retire and abandon their pensions rather than being humiliated and incarcerated.

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Frank is always focused on doing the right, moral, and correct thing, even if others would not agree with him. It enables him to ask forgiveness of a man he wronged many years ago, when the man is on his deathbed (in a shoot-out, the gangster’s wife and grandchild were killed, something Frank feels remorseful about even twenty years later; he asked that the cops not receive their metals of valor for that incident, because innocent civilians died). He serves his city out of a sense of duty, and refuses to play dirty when others slander him and/or angle for his job. He tells his daughter to “trust her gut, it will never lead you wrong” (as his has never done). His anger is often visible to other people and can lead to a rigid and uncompromising attitude. Rather than negotiate or play to the press when he runs afoul of a minister using public opinion to increase hatred for the cops, Frank remains stone cold and refuses to talk to him, insinuating that the other person should approach him first. He hates conflict, and tells his children not to fight with each other at the dinner table. Frank is good at smoothing over a crisis among his loved ones, but can also be too forgiving—when his former partner commits fraud, Frank lets him off the hook by allowing him to retire and take his pension, to avoid a scandal tarnishing his years on the force. And his firm conviction that his job has to come first causes him to walk away from the journalist he is seeing, because he cannot trust her not to report on whatever is happening in his life / his work.