The Trayvon Martin case has cast a heated spotlight on neighborhood watch programs and the volunteers that serve them.  In most neighborhood watch programs there is not a standard put into place on how volunteers are screened, they simply want to help and are allowed to.   After the unfortunate and tragic death of Trayvon, it has become more apparent than ever that it is important to know your volunteers on a deeper level than just the information that they give you.

By performing background checks on neighborhood watch volunteers you may be able to weed out people who are attracted to the position because of a vigilante type of disposition or behavior.  You will also be able to set standards on criminal histories, specifically weeding out any assault related violators.