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Bio Channel Rides Shotgun With Lady Cops

Bio Channel will launch its original series on women cops, Females Forces, on Sunday, Oct. 5, officials said Monday.

Bio channel has ordered 13 one-hour episodes of the show, where viewers ride shotgun with female officers from the Naperville, Ill., police department. Located in the Chicago suburbs, Naperville's 18 female officers fight a full gamut of big city crime.

One of the officers profiled on the show is senior patrol Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith, a former narcotics agent and law enforcement tactics expert. Smith is a tough cop, but also proud to be known as the department’s “princess.” At the range, she is known for unloading a full magazine from an AR-15 assault rifle and proudly declaring “all rounds on target, and no broken nails.”

Ten-year veteran officer Julie Lardino knows how to interview a suspect. This self-described "warrior woman" can be mean when the need arises, but isn’t afraid to use a softer touch to get a suspect to confess.

There’s also Sgt. Lisa Burghardt who says she grew up with four brothers so she's "never been intimidated by anything.” When Burghardt recently apprehended a suspect who'd been brandishing a weapon, her maternal instincts came out when she said “we're kind of upset that you're driving with these fake guns, and a baby in the car.”