Pictured from left to right: Trooper Mark A. Blankenship, Trooper Jay M. Boone and Trooper Zachary T. Beaver.

On October 10, 2017 the Eastern Shore received three new Troopers to the area from the Academy.

Sergeant Jeff Jones of the State Police Area 31 Barracks in Melfa stated “The addition of these three Troopers is greatly needed on the Shore. Prior to their arrival, the area had 7 Trooper vacancies. After getting to know them, as well as their families, I am confident all three will be an asset to the Eastern Shore for many years to come.”

Trooper Blankenship is from Evington, Virginia, just south of Lynchburg City. He graduated from Rustburg High School and obtained a NREMT-Intermediate certification from Central Virginia Community College. Before joining the Virginia State Police he worked as a security officer at Liberty University.

Trooper Boone is from Bluefield, Virginia and graduated from Graham High School. He then attended Southwest Virginia Community college studying Administration of Justice before joining the Virginia State Police.

Trooper Beaver is from Culpeper County, Virginia. He graduated from Culpeper County High School and went to Germanna Community College. He then joined the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division as a Calvary Scout. During this period he deployed to Afghanistan in 2015. Trooper Beaver was awarded two Army commendation medals along with three Army achievement medals during his active military career. After concluding active duty, he enlisted in the Virginia National Guard in which he still currently serves. He attended Southside Community College in Keysville, VA prior to joining the Virginia State Police.