What is it about a woman with a badge? It just somehow appeals to you, a woman with authority but still beauty, who can look amazingly beautiful and yet be able to take down a perp twice her size. She’s tough and yet soft enough to help others, working everything from short skirts to a pant suit in great style and sparking police shows majorly. While men dominated cop shows for years, women have finally gotten their due in the last several decades, including being the true headliners and that mix of smarts and sex appeal have led to some great ladies on screen.
This is just for cops, don’t expect lawyers or medical examiners (who deserve separate lists of their own) and only the pros, no private eyes like Charlie’s Angels. Also, while there are a few federal agents, no spies (again, that’s another list) as this is just for the ladies in uniform or plainclothes who look great with their work. Here are the 30 hottest female cops television has given us, from patrolwoman to detective to agent and proof of how we love a lady with a badge.
30 Mary Shannon - In Plain Sight
29 Paige Arkin - Graceland
28 Judy Hoffs - 21 Jump Street
27 Jane Tennison - Prime Suspect
26 Nina Moreno - New York Undercover
25 Catherine Willows - CSI
24 Lilly Rush - Cold Case
23 Carrie Wells - Unforgettable
22 Grace Chen - Martial Law
21 Billie Chambers - Fastlane
20 Andy McNally - Rookie Blue
19 Joss Carter - Person of Interest
18 Olivia Dunham - Fringe
17 Erin Lindsay - Chicago P.D.
16 Victoria Moretti - Longmire
15 Jules Callaghan - Flashpoint
14 Karen Sisco - Karen Sisco
13 Stella Bonasera - CSI: New York
12 Kiera Cameron - Continuum
11 Suzanne “Pepper” Anderson - Police Woman
10 Dani Reese - Life
9 Diane Russell - NYPD Blue
8 Stacy Sheridan - T.J. Hooker
7 Rita Lee Lance - Silk Stalkings
6 Jane Rizzoli - Rizzoli & Isles
5 Kona Kalakaua - Hawaii Five-O
4 Dee Dee McCall - Hunter
3 Kate Beckett - Castle
2 Dana Scully - The X-Files
1 Olivia Benson - Law & Order SVU
The heart and soul of L&O SVU since it began, Mariska Hargitay has won an Emmy for her performance as her character has endured a lot of ups and downs. The product of rape herself, Olivia handled growing up with an alcoholic mother and seeking the justice she was denied. Smart and tough, she’s handled everything from going undercover in a prison to being held hostage by a psychopath and endured, intense on the job but always with heart to help others. She’s shown off her sexuality a bit but isn’t bound to being a pretty face but determined to show her mind and drive behind it. It’s paid off as she’s now the head of the SVU unit, raising an adopted son and yet still incredibly gorgeous to watch as a woman ready to kick the ass of anyone in her way but protect the innocents no matter what.
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