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Posted on: April 4, 2023

2023 Bedford Police Citizen Academy

Are you interested in learning more about what it is like to be a Bedford Police Officer?  If so, join our Citizen Academy!

The Bedford Citizen Academy will meet every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm beginning April 19th through June 21st.  Applicants must meet the following requirements:

-Resident/Business Owner/Worker of Bedford NH

-Minimum Age of 18

-Required to confirm attendance for all classes.

-Complete application and agree to criminal records check.

-Attend 8 out of 10 sessions to graduate.

The Citizen Academy has no cost, other than the time commitment.  See below for more details: 

The Bedford Police Department’s Citizen Academy is an instructional program designed to provide the citizens of Bedford with a comprehensive perspective of the Department’s police services from the inside.  This program will also provide a more in depth understanding of the art and science of policing in the 21st century and the challenges facing law enforcement officers. 

Graduates will have a better understanding of the training, legal, physical, and technical aspects of the delivery of public safety services by their police department as well as a greater understanding and awareness of the daily challenges faced by our officers.

During the Citizen Academy, participants will be exposed to virtually every aspect of police work including patrol operations, criminal investigations, including forensic and crime scene investigative techniques, criminal law including search and seizure, use of force, ethics and internal affairs, communications, community policing, interview and interrogation, highway patrol including traffic enforcement and accident reconstruction, plus more.

During the 10-week course, participants will have an opportunity to drive a Bedford Police unit obstacle course (optional), participate in the Department’s “Ride Along” program with a Bedford Police Officer on duty, and work alongside a Bedford Police Department Communications Specialist.

If you are interested in joining us, click the link to apply:


All applications are due by 4:00pm on April 13th.  Space is limited.

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