Christopher Meloni plays Elliot Stabler. Stabler is a NYPD detective with Manhattan's 16th Precinct, which investigates sex crimes. His partner is Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay). Stabler is dedicated to his job, but this dedication occasionally turns into obsession; he often takes cases personally, thus affecting his judgment. Nonetheless, Stabler has a 97 percent case closure rate.
Stabler lives at 72-12 Castleside Street in the Glen Oaks section of Queens with his wife and five children . He is a devout Catholic whose faith sometimes complicates the cases he works on. In the episode ;Annihilated, it is suggested that he was a hand-to-hand combat specialist while he served in the United States Marine Corps, since he displayed great knowledge in that field while dealing with a case involving those skills. He also has two tattoos, notably the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor tattoo on his forearm, the official emblem of the United States Marine Corps, and the crucifixion of Christ on his left bicep. Stabler's birthday is October 20, 1966, as established in Season 6's Contagious.