LAW + ORDER star MARISA HARGITAY has been named America's top female TV cop in a new magazine poll, beating peers like Marg Helgenberger, Kyra Sedgwick and Poppy Montgomery.

The new girls beat classic cops like Angie Dickinson, JULIE BARNES and Heather Locklear in the Inside TV line-up.

The top five is:

1. Mariska Hargitay (OLIVIA BENSON in LAW + ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT) 2. MARG HELGENBERGER (Catherine Willows in CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION) 3. KYRA SEDGWICK (BRENDA LEIGH JOHNSON in THE CLOSER) 4. POPPY MONTGOMERY (SAMANTHA SPADE in WITHOUT A TRACE) 5. ANGIE DICKINSON (SUZANNE 'PEPPER' ANDERSON in POLICE WOMAN)