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LA Sheriff's department looking for a few good women

Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department will host their annual Women in Law Enforcement Career Day. Sheriff's Deputy Armore Smith said the event is aimed at recruiting more women to the ranks of the country's largest sheriff's department.

The goal is to reach 20 percent female, Smith said. Current female staffing levels were not immediately available. 

In 1987, the department entered a consent decree after Susan Bouman Palomino sued, claiming gender discrimination in promotion practices. That decree came to an end this year, but Smith said the department is continuing its drive to hire more women.

The event is open to all: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 at the Sheriff’s Training Academy in Whittier, 11515 S. Colima Road.