Joe Farewell launched his law enforcement career in 2007 as a volunteer for the Lake Wales Police Department (Florida). He later served at the Winter Haven Police Department and quickly progressed into specialty units. During his time at the department, he was assigned to patrol, Field Training, Tactical Patrol Unit, General Crimes Unit, Violent Crimes Unit, Special Investigations Unit, and he took over as the lead detective for the Gang Suppression Unit. He also spent three years assigned to a federal violent crime and gang task force.
Farewell tried out for the department’s Emergency Response Team as soon as he was eligible, was accepted in 2014, and graduated from the Polk County SWAT School. In addition to his role on the entry team, he later took over the sniper team leader position. Farewell was also a general and firearms instructor for the department and the Emergency Response Team.
For the past 9 years, Farewell has been an avid competitor in USPSA and 3-Gun. In 2019 he was selected to represent the USA at the IPSC Rifle World Shoot in the Semi-Auto Open Division where he took home a hard-fought silver medal with Team USA.
He is dedicated to constant self-improvement and encouraging others to build their skills. Other notable finishes include 2019 3 Gun Nation National Champion (both practical and 2 gun divisions), 2019 USPSA Area 6 Multigun Champion, and the 2020 Florida State USPSA Limited Master Champion.
In 2016, Joe started Farewell Firearms Training which offers instruction for all shooters, from novice to advanced. He has provided training to members of the US Army Special Operations as well as numerous instructors and specialty units within the law enforcement community.
With his background in law enforcement and experience at the top tier of competition, Farewell has a well-rounded and practical approach to firearms training. We’re very happy and honored to have Joe on board as one of our Subject Matter Experts.