A NEW TV documentary series will follow the lives of North Yorkshire policewomen as they go about their business of tackling crime.

Women on the Force will follow women police constables, as well as PCSOs, backroom staff and Chief Constable Lisa Winward.

In the opening episode, which will be broadcast on the W Channel at 8pm every Thursday, PC Pauline Law leads a drugs raid and blue lights to a suspected drink driver.

New recruits PCs Emaleigh Simeson and Toni McMahon, meanwhile, bag their first independent arrest before working a challenging night shift, and emergency call handler Katharine Johnson has to deal with her worst nightmare: a 999 report about an officer under attack.

The ten-part documentary will also look at how the women balance their police work with their lives once they are out of the uniform.

Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: “It’s vital that the stereotypes of policing in times past become a dim and distant memory.

“Policing requires many skills that can only be brought to the service by an inclusive and diverse workforce.

“We’re proud to have a high proportion of woman in senior roles at North Yorkshire Police, but there is more to be done to encourage the next generation of women into policing and ensure we are truly representative of the people we serve.

“We hope the documentary gives any women thinking of joining up, the inspiration and motivation to do so.

“My thanks go to the women, their colleagues, families and friends who allowed the cameras into their lives, allowing a glimpse into the challenging, dangerous, emotional, but highly rewarding career that is policing. It really is a job like no other.”

Women on the Force begins on the W Channel at 8pm on April 8 (Thursday).