Recreation and school athletic programs across the country are feeling increased pressure to conduct thorough background checks on sports officials and keep children safe. Peopletrail, a trusted background check and screening service provider, is leading the facilitation of these background checks with its Actionable Insight Screening®and consulting services, and announces a ten-fold increase from the previous year in background checks for athletic program clients.
Recreation and school athletic programs across the country are realizing the necessity of conducting background checks on sports officials and adding layers of precaution to keep children safe. Much of this movement to secure a safer environment for schools and children was catapulted into action as a result of a December 21, 2014 Boston Globe article investigating Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and their decision at the time not to conduct background checks on the nearly 7,600 referees who are eligible to officiate in Massachusetts’s schools. Over the six months since the article, Peopletrail, a leading provider of background checks, screening and consulting services, has noted an increase in background checks for its athletic program clients of over 10 times from the previous year, and the number continues to increase.
The Globe article published an expose of a convicted child molester working as a high school basketball referee. The Globe investigation also found that a small number of referees on the MIAA’s published list of 7,600 certified athletic officials had serious criminal records, including sexual assaults against minors, illegal gun possession, and trafficking narcotics in a school zone. Since the report MIAA has joined a national trend with 27 other states that have already established guidelines requiring officials to pass background checks before they can referee high school games, and is on the path to securing a safer environment for the children involved with MIAA.
Peopletrail is leading the facilitation of these background checks with its Actionable Insight Screening® and consulting services. In May 2014, Peopletrail entered an agreement with ArbiterSports®, the established leader in athletic event management, which offers athletic assigners and leagues the ability to request background checks as part of their officiating eligibility process.
“Peopletrail has been a collaborative partner in helping our state develop a comprehensive plan to research and administer background checks for officials. Their professional service has supported both the state office and individuals as we implement this important program for the safety of students and the fair and equitable treatment of officials,” stated Richard L. Pearson, Associate Executive Director, MSSA & MIAA.
Peopletrail recently celebrated their 10-year anniversary and is one of the fastest growing and leading providers of background check and screening services in the industry. Growth that the company attributes in part to its commitment to the “human touch” and personalized care with every client and report it’s involved with.
“Peopletrail has been in tune with this heightened noise surrounding school athletic programs and providing solutions for these programs. As a father, this becomes more personal and it is imperative that we incorporate thorough layers of precaution to keep our schools and children safe. Peopletrail is committed to providing not only easy access and implementation of our background screening services, but also the added layer of the human touch, or rather the additional personalized scrubbing of every background check we process,” stated Wallace Davis, President and CEO of Peopletrail. “By including our consulting services and adding the human touch to every report, Peopletrail increases the depth and accuracy of these reports. Unfortunately not all background checks are the same and many companies fail to provide this personalized investigation and care. Something that we at Peopletrail feel should never be overlooked, especially when the safety of our children is involved.”
More and more athletic programs are dedicating their resources and mandating that background checks be conducted on sports officials. Peopletrail’s background checks reports are comprehensive and the technology is easy to use and integrate.
“The seamless integration of the Peopletrail background check platform into our official’s registration process has not only increased the efficiency of this process for officials but allowed our staff to focus attention on other components of the registration process, as well as providing added layers of precaution to keep our children safe. I have been extremely impressed with the ease of use and comprehensive reporting that the system provides the OSAA,” stated Brad Garrett, Assistant Executive Director, Oregon School Activities Association.
“We have enjoyed the integration of background checks run through our ArbiterSports officials by Peopletrail. The interface and immediate feedback to our database makes the background check system seamless and effective,” stated Mark Dreibelbis, Associate Commissioner/Supervisor of Officials, NCHSAA.
“The services that Peopletrail provides the UHSAA have solidified an environment of safety and security for our member schools, fans and community in regards to the officials that we provide them. We are extremely happy with the thorough process and ease of use of their platforms,” stated Jeff J. Cluff, Assistant Director, Utah High School Activities Association.
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