Kevin Gannon is a retired Detective Sergeant based in the Bronx, NY. He is the most highly decorated member of the Special Investigation Division, Detective Bureau including two Medals of Valor.
Gannon spent fourteen years as a supervisor, including two years as the Supervisor of the Bronx Homicide Task Force.
He is the author of a book that initiated the re-investigation of fifteen accidental drowning cold cases as possible homicides, and currently works as a private investigator working with victims' families pro bono to crack unsolved cases.
Q&A with Kevin
What made you decide to be a part of Dead Again?
I thought it was a tremendous opportunity to do something I've never done before - being part of this extraordinary team of homicide investigators, the production company of Left/Right, the A&E Network, and of course the legendary Executive Producer Dick Wolf.
How has your experience in Homicide helped you to re-investigate these cases?
My background in law enforcement, coupled with my training and experience in conducting criminal investigations, my knowledge of forensics, and my ability to decipher fact from fiction have all helped me to become the investigator I am today.
What do you think is your best quality as an investigator?
My meticulous attention to detail, as well as my ability to communicate with all types of people and to be able to put them at ease. The ability to empathize with both the victims and perpetrators has allowed me to secure information from both parties, which has been instrumental in helping to solve numerous cases.
What role do you play on the Dead Again team?
I am the supervisor. My job is to provide Michele and Joe with all the information necessary for them to come to their final conclusions about what actually transpired, to assist them in this process, and to make sure all the pieces fit.
Being a homicide detective seems like a difficult job. Have you ever had an experience that helped to make the hard work worthwhile?
Homicide is the most difficult work in law enforcement. The ability to find justice for the victims as well as the surviving families is paramount. When that goal is accomplished, there is a sense of satisfaction that helps to make this job worthwhile.
What inspired you to become a detective?
My father, who was the greatest detective/police officer ever! His work ethic along with his respect and dignity for all people continues to inspire me today. His idea of police work being more about service to the community than just about arrests, medals, and numbers, is something I constantly try to remember and emulate.
How do you unwind and de-stress?
I go for runs with my dogs and for long walks in the park to try and stay connected to nature. I also do deep breathing exercises and listen to meditation tapes to help relieve stress. I play tennis, golf, and watch most sporting events, especially football.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to travel to unknown distant locations or to visit friends. I love meeting and talking with people of all cultures and have found through my travels that the more we may appear to be different, the closer we truly are to one another.
Who inspires you?
My family, friends, and sometimes just the simple acts of kindness from ordinary people.
Do you have any unusual hobbies or talents?
I enjoy writing and have written a book on "drowning forensics." I also enjoy collecting original pieces of art from the various countries and places I have visited with my family.
What makes you laugh?
The unpredictable things that children will sometimes say or do. Also, people who don't take themselves too seriously and can laugh at themselves, like my family and friends.
What do you think will surprise people to learn about you?
I think people would be surprised to know that I'm not the overly serious individual I appear to be on TV. Although I have a tendency to over analyze things at times, I can be a pretty big comedian on the set at the same time.