Citizen's Police Academy

Bedford BadgeThis is a planned educational program designed to offer citizens an opportunity to learn about the Bedford Police Department’s practices and services.

This program is not designed to train participants to perform law enforcement duties, but rather to create a nucleus of citizens who are well informed about department operations.

Beyond this educational intent is a hope to break down barriers that exist in most communities. We want to strive for two outcomes:

  • Recognition and understanding on the part of citizens that police officers are human beings trying to do a tough job;
  • Re-introduce police officers to the "good" citizens – the very same people they chose to protect when becoming an officer.