Butch Matjeka’s law enforcement career began with the San Antonio Police Department in 1977. After graduating from the police academy, Butch was assigned to the patrol division where he worked for ten years, 5 of those as a field training officer. Butch was later assigned to SAPD’s training academy where he became a well-respected lead instructor for all criminal law and legal research courses. While at the academy, Butch also taught patrol tactics and the use of force measures.
In 1992 Butch was promoted to detective Investigator and assigned to the Homicide Unit. While in Homicide, Butch worked or assisted in over 600 murders, attempted murders, and Officer-involved shooting cases. He also served as the Homicide Unit’s training coordinator and lead investigator on officer-involved shootings.
In 2002 Butch was promoted to Sergeant and returned to patrol where he served as a patrol supervisor before transferring back to the Homicide Unit. Butch supervised the investigations of homicides, attempted murders, and aggravated assaults. He also prepared training bulletins on criminal law issues and prepared critical analysis reports on departmental policy and procedures, and critical events. Butch also trained homicide detectives in changes in the law relating to arrest, search and seizure, interview and interrogation techniques, and crime scene investigation.
While working at SAPD, Butch obtained a B.A. Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science Degree in Justice Policy from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 2003, because of his extensive background and vast training experience, Butch became an Adjunct Professor at U.T.S.A. and teaches Forensic Science, Trial and Evidence, and Contemporary Police Practices courses. Butch holds a Masters Police Officer License and an Instructors License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.