Steve Breland began his law enforcement career in 1985 as Military Police Officer in the United States Marine Corps. While a Military Police Officer, he worked his way into the Traffic Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as a Collision Investigator. After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Major Breland joined the South Carolina Highway Patrol where he was stationed in Orangeburg County.
During his career with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Major Breland was selected as one of the founding members of the South Carolina Highway Patrol's MAIT unit, a collision reconstruction unit specializing in the investigation of complex traffic collisions. In 1999, Major Breland was transferred to the MAIT unit full time where he was promoted to Corporal and was assigned to the Midlands Team headquartered in Columbia. He later transferred to the Coastal Team headquartered in Charleston before returning to the Midlands Team as a Sergeant. After returning to Columbia, Major Breland was promoted to First Sergeant and assumed duties as the Team Commander for the Midlands Region which by then encompassed 22 counties. Before retiring from the Highway Patrol, he was promoted to the Region Commander overseeing MAIT duties for the eastern half of the state of South Carolina.
Major Breland joined the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office in 2013 under Sheriff Rob Lee and is now in his 30th year of law enforcement. He currently serves as Major over the Special Operation Division of the Sheriff's Office.
Major Breland is a lifetime member of the South Carolina Association of Reconstruction Specialist and is also retired from the Board of Directors of the Association. He is an internationally accredited collision reconstructionist through the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR).