“The only thing I know, is that I know nothing.” - Socrates
This is one of the most exciting sentences ever. Why? Because it means that we have so much to learn and that just rocks.
When I was a Field Training Officer (FTO) years ago for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, this was one of the first things I would talk about with new recruits. I would say, "When the day comes that you feel like you have learned everything there is to learn about law enforcement and you know it all, do me a favor, do this community a favor, and do yourself a favor and go find something else to do for a living."
This is why ongoing training is so vitally important. For example, as a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technition, I'm excited that I have Continuing Education Units that I'm required to obtain. I love the fact that I learn something new every session. This means I'm better prepared to help ensure that our youngest population travel as safely as possible.
This week, Kevi Berger from Safe Kids, Montana and I will be virtually attending the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities to learn as much as we can. This is the largest gathering of highway and roadway safety professionals in the United States.
In addition to Child Passenger Safety, we will also be learning about how we can help educate youth, prevent DUIs, and make our roadways safer. We will be attending several of the 71 different workshops and bringing this informaiton back to Missoula to help safe lives.
Looking forward to sharing soon!
- Steve Schmidt