Thomas, Matthew
Search Warrant Ruse: 4th Amendment Considerations

This de-brief will discuss a case involving the service of a search warrant for a child pornography suspect. The SWAT Team planned the high-risk warrant service at a house owned by the suspect's parents. The parent was a self-proclaimed gang member (OMG) and had frequent contact with law enforcement. To create a less volatile situation, the SWAT Team used a ruse to get the owner away from the residence when SWAT executed the warrant. The mission went according to plan but ultimately resulted in a civil suit for 4th amendment violations. This de-brief will discuss the planning, reasoning, and phases, as well as the execution of the plan. It will finish with the civil suit claims and discussion on 4th amendment implications resulting from the overall operation.

Matthew Thomas - Bio
Matt is the Chief Deputy with the Pinal County Sheriff ís Office in Arizona. Matt started his career in 1993, and has worked with PCSO for over 29 years. Matt started his career as a Detention Officer in 1993 and promoted through the ranks to his current position. Matt has served in Detention, Patrol, Traffic, Training, the Police Academy, Motors, Narcotics, and Investigations. Matt served 18 years on the Pinal Regional SWAT team as a member, team leader, and finishing as the team commander. He has served as a regional representative and the Vice President of the Arizona Tactical Officers Association.