A background check program ensures that LTAA authorized individuals who spend time with children were not at one time charged and convicted of a crime that could potentially increase the likelihood or threat of causing harm to a child in his or her responsibility.
What does the background check program include?
A background check program includes fingerprinting, photo ID and completion of the appropriate forms for the actual background check. The LTAA Background Check Program will adhere to the standards that have been established in the State of New Jersey by the New Jersey State Legislature and the New Jersey State Police for volunteers who work with children.
Why do we need a background check program?
The LTAA wants to ensure the safety of our children and meet all requirements of our insurance carrier. Over the past few years, an increasing amount of volunteer-based-organizations have standardized on background checks for adults who have positions of responsibility with children. For example, the Boy Scouts, church groups and other athletic associations all use a background check program.
What is the process to have a background check?
The fingerprints and forms will be submitted to the New Jersey State Police. The New Jersey State Police will complete the background check. Results will be reported back to the LTAA President. The result will be either a “Thumbs Up” or a “Thumbs Down”. The LTAA and Lebanon Township Police will NOT receive any details regarding personal criminal records.
What will cause me to receive a “Thumbs Down”?
If you have been convicted of the following crimes, you will receive a “Thumbs Down”:
2C:12 Assault; Endangering; Threats
2C:14 Sexual Offenses
2C:35 Controlled Dangerous Substances (All offences except 2C:35-10A4 which is for convictions of possession of less than 50g of marijuana or less than 5g of hashish)
What if I receive a “Thumbs Down”?
If you receive a “Thumbs Down”, you will not be permitted to participate as a coach or volunteer in the LTAA program. If you feel that you received a “Thumbs Down” wrongly, we will work with you to remedy the result. However, you will not be allowed to participate in the program until the issue is resolved and you receive a “Thumbs Up”.
What happens to my fingerprints after the background?
The New Jersey State Police will destroy all fingerprints after the results are reported.
Who needs a background check?
All Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Trainers, LTAA Board Members, and any other LTAA authorized person over the age of eighteen (18) who is formally engaged by the LTAA. No exceptions will be made.
What if I have already have passed another background check, do I need to do it again for the LTAA?
How long is a background check valid for?
Background checks conducted by the LTAA program will be valid for three (3) years. Anyone wishing to continue to participate in the program will need to re-submit to a background check.