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Background Checks Now Mandatory for Youth Rec Staff

Starting in 2013, all employees and volunteers must submit to fingerprinting to participate in youth recreational organizations in West Deptford.

When it comes to protecting children, there is no such thing as too safe, so West Deptford is adding an extra layer of precaution for the kids who particpate in youth programs.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, all volunteers and employees must undergo mandatory criminal background checks via fingerprinting in order to participate in youth recreational organizations. West Deptford's township committee approved the measure at its work session meeting Nov. 15.

“This is a great program to protect the kids,” said Mayor Raymond Chintall, who voiced support for mandatory background checks from early on. 

The Recreation Committee sponsored the ordinance. Committee chair John DiCarlo said his group plans to disseminate the mandate to all organizations and to provide lists of all coaches who need to be fingerprinted prior to volunteering in organizations sponsored by the committee. Most importantly, DiCarlo said the committee will have to establish a timeframe for fingerprinting.

The rec committee plans to withhold allotments for sponsored organizations until all members submit to the background check, DiCarlo added. The committee could ban an organization from using township facilities if all adult members are not fingerprinted.

Fingerprinting allows for a complete criminal background check. West Deptford Police will handle any issue stemming from the background check.

“[This mandate] is to make sure there is an added layer of protection for our youth,” DiCarlo said. 

Although some informal background check practices exist in youth recreational organizations, most are without a safeguard, DiCarlo explained. For instance, township soccer requires coaches to sign documents confirming they are not a registered sex-offender, however this measure is based solely on self-disclosure. 

After approval by the recreation board in June, township committee OK'd the background check ordinance on first reading on Oct. 18. The ordinance was originally introduced to the township committee on Sept. 20, but was tabled after Committeewoman Denice DiCarlo expressed several concerns regarding the language of the ordinance and asked for further clarification.

Volunteers and employees who submit to fingerprinting won't have to pay for it. Under the Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation’s “Check Em’ Out” program, fingerprinting fees of all employees and volunteers of recreational youth organizations is billed directly to the foundation.

Did you miss the Nov. 15 township committee meeting? Get caught up here. 


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Occupant November 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I wonder how many employees will be left when they do the criminal background checks? Hmmmm, Just sayin.
Rena Visalli November 16, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I happen to know quite a few of the township employees and they are honest, upstanding individuals. Men and women with families, how dare you. I thought once the election was over , the derogatory comments about people would stop, guess I was wrong. Like I have stated in comments before, unless there is proof of fraud or corruption, you should keep comments to yourself.
Bill Bondar November 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
+1 Rena, My dealings with township employees have always been positive.
ChuckWagon November 16, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Occupant - knowing a lot of good people who worked with the youth in OUR township I believe you're throwing a lot of good people under your "criminal umbrella." Do you ever think before you open up your mouth? Do you think you're helping the people who somewhat agree with your views? Now, that being said, I'm very disappointed with WD Patch. How can these background checks be your headline when this Democratic leaning Committee voted to give pay raises to pretty much what would be considered their primary voter constituency? It looks like an Election Day pay-off to me. How does it look to the WD Patch? Is Sweeney in control of you too?
Occupant November 16, 2012 at 02:43 PM
You are correct Chuck, In reading the Patch headline, it mentioned ALL employees and volunteers will be tested, and what immediatly came to mind was the AG investigation being currently conducted by the state on the township. My haste in commenting did create what you mentioned as "Criminal Umbrella". I assume the Patch means just All recreation employees and volunteers. I stand corrected.
st. nick November 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
What about the guy who got caught walking naked around oakview school last week.it's been hush hush so far because he is a well known individual of the community .oh by the way he is affliliated with the democratic party,is what I heard.could be a rumor but cameras don't lie
st. nick November 16, 2012 at 03:04 PM
maybe they should drug test some of the people that comment on here.that's it that's the ticket.there are a lot of good people in this town but you have some bad ones too. bon jovi have a kids at west deptford high.
Lauren Burgoon November 16, 2012 at 03:09 PM
"Background Checks Now Mandatory for Youth Rec Staff" - that is the headline. It was never anything else.
ChuckWagon November 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Lauren, your brief reply says a lot!
Nick Rando November 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
I heard about that St. Nick. That is crazy. A guy was actually changing from his work clothes to gym shorts to play in a basketball league that plays at Oakview school every Tuesday night at 8pm. Wow, this is bigger than Benghazi. You are a real crime fighter. Call the fraud hotline and talk to Sam & Ray about this.
noresponsenovote November 16, 2012 at 04:27 PM
"A guy caught walking around naked in the school" And it's "hush hush". How absurd. Without even considering all of the enhanced legal protection laws and statutes that apply to school safety zones, or the fact that a naked adult male in a grade school environment, student occupied or not, wouldn't be "hush hushed" by ANY law enforcement agency, much less one where several of the cops have their own kids in these schools. Never mind that people seemingly believe ANY rumor, no matter how ridiculous or baseless, as long as it speaks against their opponents. Never mind all that. The simple fact that there's a reasonable, verified, plausible account of what happened demonstrates that nothing's "hush hush" about it. Better time would be spent investigating the moon landing, or seaching for the long-long-long form birth certificate.
Wayne Klotz November 16, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Boy you people like to gossip and spread rumors then find out the truth! Township employees are the best in this town along with all department heads who rnn them! I do believe in background checks for all recreation events, but only if they are new coaches! This is not for township employees!!!
villanness November 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM


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