The San Mateo Sheriff’s Department said they held a women’s symposium last week in hopes of attracting would-be deputy candidates to apply for employment.
A number of attendees came out to the event, they said, all of whom had different life experiences and backgrounds. Ultimately, the department wanted to give these women an up close and personal view of what SMSD job duties look like and how deputies train on the job.
There are already quite a few women within the ranks of the San Mateo Sheriff’s Department, according to a spokesperson, but they are always looking to bring on additional, qualified candidates. Anyone who has interest in becoming a part of the SMSD is asked to fill out an application.
Those who are hired will need to go through an academy class before they officially join the ranks. The department has a number of opportunities within the patrol division and within the corrections division at the Maguire Jail.
Statistics show that on a national level, women make up roughly 13 percent of law enforcement officers.
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