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Staffing shakes out at Modesto Police Department

The Modesto Police Department has 238 sworn officers, the lowest number in more than a decade.

The department last week laid off eight officers after it couldn't agree on a plan to save jobs through wage concessions with its primary union, the Modesto Police Officers Association.

Nine were expected to lose their jobs, but an unexpected resignation preserved one spot, acting Police Chief Mike Harden said. He kept the department's patrol staffing at 100 by reassigning officers from special units that focused on traffic, blight and schools.

The department is awaiting the results of a Thursday night vote on a new contract for a union that represents sergeants and lieutenants. If it fails, two more officers would lose their jobs.

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