The Vallejo (Calif.) Police Department is suspending its SWAT and K-9 programs at the end of the month in a move the agency hopes will avoid officer layoffs, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

The city's budget adopted in June provides for 92 sworn positions for the 95-officer force. The department is hoping to reach 92 via attrition, according to the report. The programs would be brought back once the department reaches 92 sworn officers, a spokesman said.

The agency's SWAT unit is shared with nearby Benecia, where it is rarely used.

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