Citizens Police Academy

20 year Police Program Still Regarded as “Fun and Informative”

The Citizens’ Police Academy is a course designed to give Bedford citizens and business owners, managers, and employee’s working knowledge of their Police Department. Class participants are exposed to and provided information regarding the inner workings of the Bedford Police Department. We believe that an informed citizen is one that is better able to understand decisions made by the Police Department. We want citizens to have enough background to know why the police do what they do and increase relations between the police and the community. The citizens, in turn, make the officers more aware of their concerns and needs.  The slogan for the Citizens’ Police Academy is:


Participants must be at least 21 years old and live or work in Bedford. All applicants will be investigated for prior criminal offenses that may disqualify you from attending. The 20-member class fills up quickly and a waiting list is established for applications received that exceed the maximum class capacity.

Citizens meet one night a week from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for twelve weeks. Participants will receive thirty-plus hours of instruction by certified police officers and other expert instructors.

Citizens will learn about every area of the police department such as Patrol, Traffic, Criminal Investigations & Crime Scene procedures, Juvenile crimes, Narcotics, Animal Control operations, Communications, Training, Crime Prevention and will have the opportunity to ride with our Police Officers.

Classes are held once a year, beginning in January on Thursday nights.

Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Bedford Police Department has decided to postpone the start of the 2021 CPA Class. We do not have a projected start date for the class, but we will keep you updated on our website and social media platforms. This decision was made with great consideration for the community and our Police Department personnel. The community's health and safety continues to be our highest priority. 

If you are interested in taking the class, you may still fill out and submit an application. We will keep the community updated on a projected start date for the 2021 class. Thank you for your understanding. 

Citizens Police Academy Application