As the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment prepared to deploy in 2009, the MPDO program was phased out.
The new 97th Military Police Battalion MPDO program allows company grade officers and senior noncommissioned officers to lead from the front while gaining essential law enforcement skills that will help at home and abroad.
MPDOs no longer leave post; rather, they patrol within the Fort Riley community.
Film permits aren't required in Arkansas, and the MPDO sometimes can arrange for free city and county services.
The MPDO has an extensive crew list, developed through films and commercials produced locally as well as from outside the state.
The MPDO, a division of the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission, operated on just $25,000 in 1979, its first year.
AIDC director Dave Harrington says he would like to see more money appropriated for the MPDO and thinks that will happen as the industry gains more visibility.