Citizens Police Academy

19 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 15-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.

The 2020 CPA Class will meet Thursday nights, beginning January 9, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m 

Citizens Police Academy Application