The Department of Public Safety at the University of Southern Maine is a full-service law enforcement agency, staffed by Maine Criminal Justice Academy certified police officers and communications personnel; the training and authority of our officers are the same given to County, State, and Municipal officers. Our officers are responsible for providing police services on the Gorham and Portland campuses.

Our Police Officers and Communications personnel are augmented by Campus Safety Officers.

Members of the department are specialists, practicing the community policing and service philosophy with a deep commitment to being Student Focused Every Day

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Southern Maine Department of Public Safety is to enhance the quality of life in our community by working cooperatively with those that live, work, and learn here. We constantly strive to provide a safe and secure environment through the collaborative, caring, and creative delivery of community policing services.

Community Policing

The men and women of USM Public Safety promote the philosophy of community policing which incorporates the principles of partnership, problem-solving, and proactive crime prevention. The members of our community play an important role in our success as a safe university within which to live, work, and learn.

Our Services

  • 24-hour staffed Communication Center
  • 24-hour University Police patrols
  • Safety escort program
  • Community Crime Prevention and Outreach Programs
  • Campus Crime and Safety Alerts
  • Personal Property and Bicycle registration
  • Lost & Found for valuable items

“We protect and serve the University of Everyone”

We are available to serve you at all times and are dispatched from our headquarters on the Gorham campus.

For non-emergencies, questions, or other assistance please call 207-780-5211.

For Emergencies, dialing 911 from a campus phone will connect you with USM Communication, dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with Cumberland County Communications on the Gorham Campus or Portland Communications on the Portland Campus.

Emergency call boxes are located throughout both the Gorham and Portland campuses, including in the parking garage.


Lewiston Auburn Campus Emergency: 

From a campus phone dial 9-9-1-1

Mobile phone: 9-1-1

Calls on the Lewiston Auburn Campus will be answered by the Lewiston/Auburn 911 Center. Emergency responses will be handled by the Lewiston Police or Fire Department. Non-emergency matters and follow-up investigations will be handled by USM Police. 


USM Alerts

“USM Alert” is the University’s text and email notification system for emergency alerts, weather closings, and other critical information for the University community.

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