Grew Up... in a family with seven brothers, all of whom became police officers. This led to Amy following the same career path, the first woman in her family to do so, as well as her continuing desire for competition.
Living... in a New York apartment, exceptionally clean and organized due to what she claims is an obsessive-compulsive disorder, although she really just enjoys having an ordered living environment.
Profession... detective with the New York Police Department. Santiago values her work over all else, willing to sacrifice all other aspects of her life for her commitment to the police force.
Interests... rules. Amy is extremely hardworking, focused on doing her job well and with the utmost honesty. She doesn't cut corners and follows every police mandate and regulation with pleasure. She enjoys all aspects of her job, even the typically boring filing of paperwork and other low-level office work. As fellow detective Jake Peralta jests, "You love processing. It's your favorite thing after organizing your emails and replacing toilet paper rolls."
Relationship Status... single. It’s hard for Amy to find time to date given her demanding job. She also needs to figure out what’s going on with her co-worker and sometimes-partner, Detective Jake Peralta. They have a very competitive yet openly flirtatious relationship. Both deny any attraction to the other, but everyone else at the precinct disagrees. As Detective Charles Boyle puts it, "Do you know why little boys pull little girls’ pigtails on playgrounds? Because they like the girls and that's the only way they know how to get the girls’ attention."
Challenge... gaining the respect of her new commanding officer, Captain Holt. Amy is determined to be a captain herself one day and views Captain Holt as the perfect potential mentor. But she wants to impress him so badly that she often panics in his presence and/or comes off as a suck-up. Even so, their relationship seems to be growing, and there is no denying her success in the field.
Personality... hard-working but socially awkward. Some perceive her as a sort of "goody-two-shoes,” always playing by the rules and taking the word of Captain Holt as law. But she cares deeply about both her job and her co-workers, and ultimately that earns her respect as a colleague and friend. Amy can also be high-strung, but only because she’s constantly taking on as much work as she possibly can.
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