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More women seeking places on El Paso police force

'Up the chain of command' 

By Stephanie Sanchez
El Paso Times

EL PASO, Texas — When Officer Yvette Soto joined the El Paso Police Department, only a few women were on the force, and no women were in high ranks.

Fourteen years later, women make up only 11 percent of the department.

"You think there is a handful (of women) now, but there was literally a handful back then," Soto said. "We've come a long way, but I just wish we could come further."

In the past 10 years, the percentage of women officers in the El Paso department has increased from 8 percent to 11 percent of 1,097 officers. To recruit more women, the department is having its first Women in Law Enforcement Recruiting Expo today at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano.

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