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About the Volunteer Background Check Program


Baltimore County Government is invested in increasing the safety of participants and families while they are participating in Recreation and Parks activities and programs. This commitment is extending our efforts to include conducting background investigation for all volunteers who participate in Recreation and Nature Council, Therapeutic, PAL and other County-sponsored recreation programs.

This program is a preventive measure. It is not meant to take the place of parental involvement and participation. It is meant to work in partnership with parental efforts to ensure that their children and all constituents enjoy programs and activities in a safe environment. 


The background investigation will be conducted by a nationally recognized security screening firm, the Southeastern Security Consultants, Inc. (SSCI). This screening is a review of each applicant's criminal history. The results of the screening will determine each volunteer's eligibility to volunteer in our programs. To protect the privacy of all volunteers in the program, Baltimore County staff will not have access to any information regarding this background screening. SSCI will only provide a list of passed applicants to Recreation and Parks staff. 

Who Must Complete the Background Investigation

  • Board of Recreation and Parks Members
  • Recreation and Nature Council Board Members
  • Recreation and Nature Council Chairpersons
  • Head and assistant coaches
  • Instructors and assistant instructors
  • Volunteers who have care, custody or control of children
  • Volunteers who have access to confidential information (example: registration forms, financial information, etc.)

Criteria for Disapproval

Any person found guilty or with a conviction or pending charge for any of the following disqualifying offenses will not be approved:

  • Inclusion on the National Sex Offender Registry
  • Felony Assault (within the last five years)
  • Possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (within the last five years)
  • Indecent Exposure (within the last five years)
  • Misappropriation of Funds
  • Statutory Rape
  • Rape
  • Felony Robbery
  • Assault-First Degree Felony
  • Vulnerable Adult Abuse Physical Injury-Felony
  • Abuse or Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult-Custodian
  • Child Abuse
  • Murder
  • Attempted Murder

Complete Your Background Check

The background check is included in your application to become a volunteer. Review the volunteer application process for brief instructions and to complete the background check.

More Information

If you have questions or concerns about the background check process, please call the Department of Recreation and Parks at 410-887-3871.

View the Volunteer Background Check Program brochure (PDF).

Revised March 28, 2019         


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