1st Sergeant Tracy Brandenburg was born in Hialeah, Florida. She lived in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Ohio before settling in Beaufort, SC in 2004. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology from Stetson University where she was a four year scholarship athlete in basketball and softball. She worked at Michelin Tire Corporation for 5 years before relocating to Ohio. There she started her law enforcement career. She started as a juvenile probation officer for the Miami County Juvenile Court. She started at the City of Troy, Ohio Police Department in 2000 and was there for 4 years. She worked in the Beaufort County School District as a Special Education teacher in 2004 before starting with the Beaufort Police Department in January, 2005. Sgt Brandenburg started as a Patrolman and worked her way up through the ranks as a corporal and then a Patrol Sergeant.1st Sgt Brandenburg is a Basic Instructor, Driving Instructor, and Defensive Tactics instructor. She was Officer of the year in 2010 for the Beaufort Exchange. She has received the Take Charge award from the National Safety Council for her work with the Alive at 25 program. Sgt Brandenburg is responsible for training, coordination of the Alive @ 25 program for Beaufort County, and oversees the Rape Aggression Defense program which is sponsored by the police department.