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Leland Francis Stottlemeyer is Captain of the San Francisco Police Department's Homicide Division.



Leland, like Sharona and Natalie, often serves as a voice of reason when Monk is having psychotic episodes. Leland can become irritated quickly and is prone to anger in some situations. Besides this, he is a good captain and friend to Monk. 


  • Stottlemeyer drove a black 2002 Ford Crown Victoria issued by the SFPD. It has a red rotating light on the dash board. He now drives a 2007 Black Dodge Charger.
  • Stottlemeyer is 5'11".
  • In the pilot episode, Randy Disher was credited as "Lieutenant Randy Deacon".[1]
    • If the first two letters of his original full name are put together with Leland Stottlemeyer's, they spell LESTRADE, the name of a police inspector from Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
      • Leland Stottlemeyer Randy Deacon
  • In Mr. Monk and the Red-Headed Stranger, Stottlemeyer once broke his arm, claiming that he was in a motorcycle accident on the road, but in actuality had broken his arm from falling off the roof while shingling it.
  • In a webisode, Stottlemeyer says that he has an older brother named Mark who was involved in him becoming a police officer. He also mentioned that he had a brother that was in the war in Mr. Monk and the Missing Granny.
  • He is 51 in a sixth season episode.
  • He plays the guitar.
  • He does not like Port wine.
  • He was the youngest officer in the history of the SFPD to make detective.
  • In an interview on Season Two's special features, Ted Levine stated that, in his view of Stottlemeyer, he had been in the armed forces as a young man, and joined the police after his enlistment was up.
  • In Mr. Monk and the Sleeping Suspect, he tells Richard Babbage that he has a sister that he feels like killing sometimes.
  • Stottlemeyer says that when he can't sleep, he goes to a specific bar, orders a shot, then watches the one goldfish in the fish tank in the back of that bar blow bubbles, drinks the shot, and then he can sleep, he claims that it always works for him.
  • In a special reunion mini-episode broadcasted in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic[1], Ted Levine, along with Tony Shaloub, Traylor Howard and Jason Gray-Stanford as their respective character roles, where all characters are communicating via video conferencing during the pandemic. In the episode, it is revealed that Stottlemeyer had retired from the SFPD and is enjoying his time off despite the pandemic rampaging across the globe.