DATE: September 2012 - Volunteer Vicky at the London 2012 Summer Olympics
I’m Volunteer Vicky and I’ve volunteered at many organizations such as Heartbreaker Hospital, Call-Me-Maybe Help Line and served on the Board of Directors at Shoots and Ladder Sporting Events. After watching the past Summer Olympics, I decided to make the leap of faith and apply as a volunteer for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. I’ve watched them every year and have been envious of the volunteers and their pins. However, this year was going to be different, this year I was going to be part of the exciting experience of meeting the most athletically elite people from all across the world, and getting that volunteers pin!
However, before I could be part of the Olympics I first had to be accredited.
The process of getting a background check and being issued a pass to attend the Olympics to work, volunteer or in any other official
capacity is called 'accreditation'. Accredited individuals are allowed special entry to certain areas at the 2012 London Olympic venues
and sites. The number of people being accredited is limited to those who need essential access to Olympic venues.
About 500,000 people went through the accreditation process; of which 70,000 were volunteers By mid-June 2012 about 100 people
had been excluded from getting accreditation due to adverse items found in their background checks.
I began the process by completing an accreditation form which collected basic personal information, such as name, address and date of birth. The background checks include a verification check on immigration status, security and criminal history records. The London government Home Office completed these checks on behalf of the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Once the background checks are complete, the Home Office recommends that accreditation be passed on to the next stages of the volunteer screening process or refused for anyone who may be a safety or security risk.
A Home Office spokesperson stated: "We are undertaking stringent checks on all those seeking accreditation. This rigorous process
has been designed to ensure those working at the Games are fit to do so. We will leave nothing to chance in our aim to deliver a safe
and secure Games that London, the UK and the whole world will enjoy."
Anyone refused accreditation can apply to check that the information held on them is accurate.
After the kids flew the nest, my USA-born husband and I moved back to my home country of the UK. I’d had many experiences with
background checks while in the USA. Most recently with a mentoring organization that mentors young ladies in grade 9-12. The
organization and its mentors provide needed encouragement, guidance and advocacy to the young ladies as they navigate high school and move towards post-graduation goals. My background for that organization was so much more efficient and less of a hassle than for the Olympics. They use Commercial Investigations LLC and their Volunteer Screening system. I simply went to CI’s website and entered all my information, paid for the background via credit card (thus saving the organization money and contributing as I can).
Once my report was finalized I had complete access to the report, from CI’s website I was able to view the comprehensive results. Even better, was that the volunteer organization also had the same access to my report. It was slick and easy. As a board member I also realize the added benefit of how much administration effort was saved by the Volunteer Screening system Commercial Investigations has. Having paid for my background check through Commercial Investigations LLC, I was able to also use the report for other volunteering endeavors saving time and money!
Having been through and passed Commercial Investigations LLC Background Investigations for the mentoring organization in the USA, I wasn’t surprised when I received my accreditation and Game Maker status (yes, they relabeled the volunteers to Game Makers) for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Sweet new pin here I come!
To learn more about CI’s Volunteer Screening system contact a CI Representative at (800)284-0906 or at