Chief Cathy Lanier announced yesterday that the MPD’s plan to expand the force by 5% has been put on hold due to budget pressures. 5% may not sound like a lot, but it would have meant an extra 200 police officers for the District. Instead, MPD will remain at its current level for the foreseeable future while the budgets return to normal. Recruiting officers and training officers are back to walking the beat and working desks until things pick up again. The good news is, there’s always the Capitol Police, the Federal Protective Service, and the dozens of other policing agencies that exist in DC for specific departments, to back up the MPD in case of any major emergency situation.