Penny Lancaster is set to become a police officer.

The 49-year-old model tasted life in the force when she took part in the Channel 4 series 'Famous and Fighting Crime' last year and she has now decided to take it up as a career.

Penny - who is married to music icon Sir Rod Stewart - revealed her plan to become a policewoman during an online chat with her former 'Strictly Come Dancing' partner Ian Waite.

Penny said: ''I did a show called 'Famous and Fighting Crime' where I was involved in the police.

''It was terrifying, terrifying, but I never felt more comfortable in a position and I felt like this was where I was supposed to be. I have actually signed up to be an officer.''

The 'Loose Women' panellist also revealed she had to sit a number of tests to prove that she was up to the task.

Penny said: ''I had to sit exams, English and maths-type of exams, and go for an interview with two officers. And then I did a fitness test, so I had to get fit for that, it was the bleep test - which was pretty tricky and I passed.

''Then I had to do this massive vetting form going through all personal details of myself, my family, people I know and all that kind of thing.''

Penny revealed she is now waiting to begin training so she can start life on the beat.

She said: ''So now I'm waiting for the training to begin so that I can actually serve the community.

''I'm going to become a police officer for the City Police in London.''