The Bedford Police Department will hold a six-week citizens’ police academy this fall to give residents a chance to meet officers and get a better understanding of their work. The program will begin Nov. 1 and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. each Wednesday at the police station. “We want people to know who we are and what we do,’’ said the academy director, Lieutenant Jim Graham. “This academy is a great way for us to welcome members of our community in and help them gain a stronger understanding of the broad scope of work our officers do on a daily basis.’’ Classes will include a tour of the police station, group discussions on topics such as modern policing, officer-led lessons on police equipment and the use of force, and hands-on instruction about CPR and first aid. To sign up for the course, visit the police department’s page on the town’s website at www.bedfordma.gov.Jennifer FennLefferts can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.