By: Sharon Aron Baron
A 40-year veteran with the Coral Springs Police has suddenly passed away.
The Coral Springs Police announced that on October 25, Robert “Bob” John Behan lost his life. He was well-known by thousands of residents, business owners, and law enforcement partners from local, state, and federal agencies.
“He was an absolutely incredible person,” said Coral Springs Police Spokesperson Chris Swinson.”Very supportive and made the job fun and interesting. He had an incredible passion for the job and shared his knowledge and wisdom with all of us.”
Behan, 61, joined the Coral Springs Police Department as a community service Aide in 1980, and a few months later, attended the Law Enforcement Academy. In 1982, he was transferred to an undercover capacity as a detective investigating illegal narcotics activity.
He was promoted to Sergeant in road patrol and was selected to supervise undercover operations in 1995, and was the SWAT commander from 1985 to 1997.
He continued to serve the department in various roles until his retirement in 2008. Always involved in law enforcement operations, Began returned to the department after a short time to serve as a range master and reserve officer.
Robert’s brother, Patrick, was killed in the line of duty in 1990 while serving as a deputy sheriff with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. This tragic incident, coupled with his admiration of the brothers and sisters he served alongside, drove Bob’s passion for providing the most comprehensive and advanced training available.
The safety of the men and women who protect our communities was something Bob truly cared about, and what he provided right up until his untimely passing.
His funeral is set for 9:30 a.m. Thursday, October 31, at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Coral Springs Hotel 11775 Heron Bay Blvd, Coral Springs, FL.