Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins wants background checks for coaches, volunteers

TOWSON, Md. - The Baltimore County Council will soon discuss a bill that would require criminal background checks of all coaches, assistants and “other recreational volunteers,” according to a release. 

Baltimore County Councilwoman Cathy Bevins introduced the bill that would require the director of the Department of Recreation and Parks to implement the policy.

“With the efforts we have taken to promote school safety and security, and the recent smoking restrictions in county parks in order to protect children, I was shocked, and very concerned to learn that our youth sports coaches, assistants, and other volunteers who supervise or interact with kids in recreational activities may not be getting screened with criminal background checks,” Bevins said in the release. 

“With all the steps that we are taking throughout Baltimore County to enhance safety and security, this is just one more way to keep kids safe.”

The council will discuss the measure at a work session on April 29 and could be voted on by May 5. If passed, the policy would go into effect by July 1, 2015.

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