This course meets and exceeds TCOLE requirements for Intermediate Arrest, Search and Seizure #2108.
This three-day Advanced Arrest, Search and Seizure course is designed for patrol officers, investigators and supervisors of all levels of experience and focuses on every day legal issues encountered by law enforcement officers conducting all types of stops/investigations. The course offers insight into the areas of probable cause, reasonable suspicion, expectation of privacy, arrests with and without a warrant, street encounters/detentions, frisks, searches incident to arrest, and all exceptions to search warrant requirement (plain view, vehicle searches, consent, exigent circumstances, etc.). A detailed analysis of writing, obtaining and executing arrest and search warrants is included, along with juvenile law considerations in criminal interrogations. The course concludes with a presentation of the importance of confessions, interrogation techniques and interrogation case law.
The instructor, Lt. Butch Matjeka, has been teaching issues in criminal law for over 33 years and is a 43-year law enforcement veteran currently serving as the Criminal Investigations Commander with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office. Lt. Matjeka retired from the San Antonio Police Department after 34 years of service and served on Patrol, was the lead instructor for all criminal law courses at the SAPD Training Academy and spent ten and a half years as a murder detective and six and a half years as a Homicide Unit sergeant. Lt. Matjeka was the primary investigator in over 250 murder cases, assisted in over 600 additional murder and attempted murder cases and supervised hundreds more. Lt. Matjeka served on the Officer Involved Shooting team and was the lead investigator in officer involved shooting cases. Lt. Matjeka also served as an Investigator with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office in the Family Violence Unit for two years prior to his assignment with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office and was a member of the Capital Crimes Committee. Lt. Matjeka has also served as a consultant with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office in Officer Involved Use of Force cases.