USM Public Safety

⁣​ Timothy Farwell M.P.A.

Interim Chief of Police & Director of Public Safety

Office Location

USM Public Safety, Gorham



Academic Degrees

  • Master of Public Administration (Criminal Justice Administration), Columbia Southern University, 2016
  • Bachelor of General Studies (Justice Studies), Fort Hays State University, 2010


Captain Farwell is a native of Gorham, ME, and served his community as a Firefighter/EMT for 12 years. After attending Gorham schools, he enrolled in Criminal Justice coursework at Southern Maine Community College. He began work in 1997 as a dispatcher and later as a police officer for a coastal Maine town. Later, after several years as a deputy county sheriff, he began his service to the University of Southern Maine as a police officer in 2004. Wishing to further serve his country, he enlisted in the United States Navy Reserve and served from 2004-2011 at Naval Security Forces, Naval Air Station Brunwick, until its closure. 

Captain Farwell is a graduate of the 9th Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. In 2007 he was promoted to Sergeant, supervising shift operations and service delivery for the overnight and evening shifts. In 2019 he accepted promotion to the rank of Lieutenant, commanding patrol operations and oversees training, development and professional standards for the department. In 2020 he accepted promotion to the rank of Capain; in this role he is the department's Executive Officer, assisting the Chief of Police with department administration. 


Awards and Recognition

FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association Trilogy Award, 2019

Professional Activity

Member, Maine Chiefs of Police Association

Member, National Sheriff's Association

Member, Fraternal Order of Police

Member, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators