Captain Ryan Gallagher graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and a Masters Degree in Criminology from Florida State University. He began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 2002 as a Law Enforcement Officer. He was transferred to the Substation Unit and then was promoted to Investigator in the Crimes Against Persons Unit.
In 2009, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised the Patrol, General Investigations and Crimes Against Persons units as well as the Office of Professional Standards. He was then promoted to Lieutenant in 2014. As a Patrol Lieutenant, Ryan served as Patrol Night Shift Commander and backup investigator for the Office of Professional Standards.
In August of 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Captain Gallagher currently supervises the Special Operations Component. This responsibility includes the supervision of the SET Unit, K-9 Unit, Bear Unit, Bikes and Intelligence Unit and Humane Unit. He also has served as a Field Training Officer, Citizen’s Police Academy Instructor and a Response to Resistance Board member.