Captain Britta Steinbrenner is a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She most recently retired to focus full time to be a candidate for Los Angeles County Sheriff. She retired in March of 2022 as Captain of the County Services Bureau (CSB). Her responsibilities were to oversee a 450 person staff who provide building security and law enforcement services for six county hospitals, 85 libraries and 320 county buildings with oversight of a $130 million dollar contract and 2 private security guard contracts and the 700 guards who augment those security services.
Captain Steinbrenner’s career with the Sheriff’s Department began in 1986. After graduating from the Sheriff’s Training Academy as a Deputy Sheriff in 1987 , she was assigned to Sybil Brand Institute for Women and worked Patrol in Crescenta Valley, Altadena and West Hollywood Sheriff’s Stations.
She worked many Special Assignments including: Sheriff’s Information Bureau and the International Liaison Unit. She has worked in the Risk Management Bureau, Emergency Operations Bureau and the Homeland Security Division. Her career rise from Patrol Deputy, to sergeant, lieutenant, and Captain came from hard work. She has no family members who serve or have served in the department.
She helped establish the Community Partnerships Bureau which placed all of the Department’s community-based policing and customer service-based units under one command. Most recently she served as Incident Commander of over 200 Deputies during both the Black Lives Matter and George Floyd protests. During the civil unrest that occurred in the Downtown Los Angeles Civic Center there were no arrests, no damage, no force and no deployment of less lethal weaponry during the critical two month of activation in this troubled time.
In addition she oversaw the Department‘s Operations Center to address the Coronavirus pandemic and was assigned there for 8 months while still commanding her bureau (CSB). She along with her team wrote the playbook to handle this global pandemic while working together with other law enforcement agencies, Fire Departments, Medical Administrators social services and county departments.
The depth of her work experience has allowed her to understand the complexities of building a strong leadership team that supports the overall vision of an organization, the need for uniformity in public responses and the necessity of treating everyone, regardless of status, with respect.
She will honor the badge through hard work, compassion, leading by example and work to change the culture of the Sheriff’s Department.
She has developed a 16 point strategic plan which details what she will accomplish during her first four years in office. She is committed to true Public Service.
Captain Steinbrenner holds a Master of Business Administration Degree and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration/Management both received from the University of La Verne, along with an Associate of Arts Degree from Santa Monica City College. She earned her degrees while raising 2 daughters and 2 sons - One daughter is a retired Lieutenant (US Navy), her second daughter is a registered Nurse, she has a son who is a Captain in the Marines and her youngest son is currently applying to medical school.
As the first female candidate running for the office in the history of the Department, she hopes to bring a new and fresh perspective and change the culture of the Sheriff's Department. She is a results oriented leader who believes the Department needs new leadership and will create a Department known for Community Policing, not Deputy Gangs. Captain Steinbrenner is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles County and believes in the diversity of Los Angeles and the possibilities it brings.