West Virginia Southern Regional Highway Safety Program


The Beckley Police Department has long been a strong advocate for highway safety. Since 1991 the department has designated an officer to work in conjunction with the WV Governor's Highway Safety Office to serve as the highway safety regional coordinator for southern West Virginia. Captain Paul Blume has served as the Southern Regional Highway Safety coordinator since 2006. He is one of eight West Virginia highway safety coordinators directed by the Governor's Highway Safety Office to organize the highway safety efforts of law enforcement state wide. His vast responsibilities include coordinating the enforcement activities of up to 36 law enforcement agencies in seven southern counties by dispersing supplemental funding for alcohol enforcement and a large variety of patrols and checkpoints throughout southern West Virginia. Other areas of responsibility include coordinating local, state, and national highway safety enforcement campaigns, law enforcement training, child passenger safety, driving safety and education, highway safety media relations, and alcohol enforcement and awareness.

Captain Blume is a native of Summers County and graduated from Hinton High School. In addition to majoring in Business Management at Concord College, Captain Blume obtained his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice, Associate Degree in Law Enforcement, and a minor in Psychology from Bluefield State College. He is a graduate of the WV State Police Academy and the Federal Bureau of Prisons Academy in Glynco, Ga. Having also served as a Raleigh County Deputy Sheriff and Federal Correctional Officer, he was sworn in with the Beckley Police Department in 1995. Prior to his appointment to the highway safety coordinator position in 2006 by the Director of the WV Governor's Highway Safety Office, he served his department as a detective and uniformed patrol officer. He is an active member and former vice-president of the Fraternal Order of Police- Black Diamond Lodge #81. In addition to receiving his department's Distinguished Service Award in 2008 and 2009, Captain Blume has also been awarded the Southern Regional Highway Safety Officer of the Year in 1996, Occupant Protection Officer of the Year in 1997,  American Legion Policeman of the Year in 1999,  MADD Award of Excellence in 2012, and the Partners in Crime Stoppers Award in 2013.