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Issue No. 410 February 2017

Women in Blue back on air

The Women in Blue, clockwise from top left: Anne Napara, Bridget Suckling, Telisha Kumar, Carley Eklund, Emma Smith, Melissa-Mae Ruru, Sue Burridge, and Kate Smith.

Women in Blue is back on our screens, with a second season of the popular reality TV programme starting this month.

The eight-episode series features eight Police colleagues from around the country. Two – Constables Anne Napara (Counties Manukau) and Bridget Suckling (Auckland City) – featured in the first series, screened in 2014.

Of the rest, Senior Constable Sue Burridge (Wellington) is no stranger to the small screen, having featured in the series Dog Squad. Her patrol dog Hades co-stars.

The other women in blue are Constable Carley Eklund (Counties Manukau), Detective Constable Emma Smith (Wellington), Detective Sergeant Kate Smith (Counties Manukau), Detective Constable Melissa-Mae Ruru (Bay of Plenty) and Constable Telisha Kumar (Auckland).

The footage was filmed in 2015 and several of the officers have changed roles since. For example, Emma, now with Hutt Valley CIB, was filmed as a Constable in PST and community roles; Melissa was a constable on trial with Rotorua CIB; and Bridget has passed her Sergeants exam. Sue is no longer Police’s only female dog handler, now being one of two.

“It’s a snapshot in time of eight Police women in a range of roles, reflecting the range of opportunities for women in Police,” says Kaye Calder, Senior Communications Advisor Reality TV. “It includes prevention as well as specialist officers - and some poignant interviews about the challenges some of them have faced.

“The thing that stands out is the passion and energy and desire to do their very best for victims, and for Police and to keep challenging themselves.”

The Warner Bros-made series includes elements of Police’s current ‘Do you care enough?’ recruitment campaign and is supported by profiles of the participants on the newcops.co.nz website.

Women in Blue started on 1 February and screens on TVNZ1 at 8pm on Wednesdays.

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