Bedford Police Department - A Virginia State Accredited Agency

Message From the Chief

Welcome on behalf of the men and women of the Bedford Police Department. This is my first year as the Chief of Police and I have set a goal to have a professional police department that continues to make the Town of Bedford a safe place to live, work, and play. The Town of Bedford is located with the Blue Ridge Parkway to the north and Smith Mountain Lake to the south. The Town of Bedford has the honor to have The National D-Day Memorial in the town. The Town of Bedford is one of the best places to live in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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The Police Department is comprised of 25 sworn police officers and 5 civilian staff members, 3 full time and 2 part time. All members of the police department work hard to ensure all of the emergency and non-emergency police related needs are responded to and handled quickly and efficiently. As Police Chief I have five values I want each member of the police department to follow. The values are Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Courage and Innovation.

The members of the police department have all heard a quote from Sir Robert Peel, which is his 7th principle, "The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence." We work to partner with the citizens of the Town of Bedford because we understand we cannot be effective without the support of the public. As the Chief of Police I am building this culture within the department.

We are proud to serve this community and protect those who live in town, work in town and those who are visiting town and the local attractions. We are striving every day to provide the highest quality service. Officers understand our five values and understand that we are servants of the public and hold the privilege to serve and protect this community as an honor.
F. Todd Foreman
Chief of Police

Mission Statement

The Town of Bedford Police Department is dedicated to improving the quality of life by creating a safe environment in partnership with the diverse community we serve. We act with integrity to reduce fear and crime while treating all with respect, compassion and fairness to build trust.

Vision Statement

The vision of the department is summed up by 5 elements that will enable the department to continue to move forward and accomplish our mission:
  • Courage
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Teamwork


View the latest Annual Report.

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