Wihongi, Jared
Advanced Expandable Baton Concepts for Law Enforcement
Hours: 4    Start Time: 08:00    End Time: 12:00    
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Since the inception of expandable baton technology, there have been several advances in both technology and training. This presentation will discuss some of the advancements in technology that have come out of Europe in recent years, and how a reexamination of current law enforcement training programs in the United States can help officers maximize the efficiency of one of the most common less-lethal tools.

Jared Wihongi - Bio
Jared Wihongi began working as a Deputy Sheriff for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office, and then went on to work for the Salt Lake City Police and South Salt Lake Police Departments. He spent 10 years as a SWAT Operator, and worked a full-time assignment as the Head Use-of-Force Instructor in the Salt Lake City Police Academy and Training Unit. He currently serves as a Reserve Police Officer. Wihongi maintains memberships in the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (IALEFI). He has been a guest instructor at multiple international law enforcement conferences, including the European Police Trainers Conference, International SWAT Round-Up, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association conference, and the Mock Riot.

From 1994-1996, Wihongi lived in the Philippines where he was introduced to the Filipino martial arts, much known for their combat focus and emphasis on edged and impact weapon application. This became a real passion where he placed a lot of his physical energy, and over the years he has moved up to the rank of Tuhon in the art of Pekiti-Tirsia Kali. A lifelong student of the combat arts, he has also taken the opportunity over the years to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and the Polynesian martial arts of his native New Zealand (Mau Rakau), to name a few.

Wihongi is the Founder and President of the Pekiti Tirsia Tactical Association, an international martial arts organization dedicated to teaching and training the Filipino combat art of Pekiti Tirsia Kali, with an emphasis on tactical application. He spends much of his time traveling throughout the United States, Asia, Europe and South America teaching civilian martial arts seminar through this association. He is fluent in Filipino (Tagalog), Brazilian Portuguese, and has a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Business with a major in Accounting.