"We're police officers. And police officers don't strike."
Sergeant Warren Reed was a desk sergeant with the Detroit Police Department.
Swamped with problems, overworked and a man who did things by the book, Reed's dedication to duty was legend. To him, a police officer was not merely doing a job - they were a vital staple of society, the face of civilized society, representing the people, the restraint and the triumph of law over lawlessness. To say this takes precedence over his officer's well-being is not fair; Reed had a hard time accepting their lack of funding and mismanagement, but to him, a visible police force on the streets, and the individual officer's sense of duty to the citizens of Old Detroit, was more vital to society than the actual effectiveness of those officers. He was angered by rumors of a strike, and said that agents of the law do not have the luxury of labor disputes. Quelling such rumors, he remarked "we are police, not plumbers!"
After those events, Reed was transferred to Metro North.
He confronted Holzgang as he was removing RoboCop from the police station for reprogramming, telling him that he was a cop like everyone else, and he expected Robo to be walking again. Holzgang gave him a derisive response, telling that he was out of warranty.
Back at Metro West
He was devastated over the death of Officer Anne Lewis who was killed by McDaggett. He also helped the rebels fight against the rehabs lead by Paul McDaggett.
Reed was a tough no-nonsense police sergeant, whom while running a police department that was privatized by a company like OCP, still tried to treat his station and his officers no different than a public police force. The notion of a strike made him both feel fear and anger, knowing that without some kind of law and order, Old Detroit would tear itself apart. However, despite that insistence, he did care about his fellow officers like he would his own family. When he first met Alex Murphy, he sternly advised him that Metro West was a lot tougher than Metro South, by stating Murphy would have to work for a living there. When he heard the news of Fredrickson dying, he personally helped Cecil collect his personal belongings to give to the man's family.
While he was initially shocked at RoboCop's appearance upon meeting him the first time, he warmed up to him upon finding out he was Murphy. At one point, when RoboCop was in pursuit of Boddicker's gang, Reed smiled and asked "Need a car?" and tossed the keys to RoboCop, who caught them with precision.
When Cain dismembered RoboCop, Reed referred to him as "one of mine," and when RoboCop arrived to avenge Lewis, he did not stand in his way, only warning him of the warrant for his arrest.
- Warren Reed was originally meant to be killed off in RoboCop 3 instead of Anne Lewis; however, Frank Miller was forced to change the script thanks to executive meddling. In the comic book, Warren Reed was killed while Anne Lewis survived.