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We all have a role in violence prevention. MISSION: The Manchester, NH Weed & Seed Strategy aspires to work as a sustainable collaboration composed of residents, community organizations, government and the private sector to achieve a unified, resident-driven vision for Manchester. The goal will be to develop constant and evolving responses to community needs through programs and change efforts that support the making of safer, stronger neighborhoods which embrace our diversity. DESCRIPTION: Manchester’s Weed & Seed strategy is a community-based multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention and neighborhood restoration with the intent to control violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in designated elevated-crime neighborhoods. As we continue through our 10th year in Manchester, we are redefining Violence Prevention for the City of Manchester. We can ALL prevent violence and have an impact on the community in which we live, learn, work, and play.

Established in 2001, the Manchester Weed & Seed (W&S) Strategy is an innovative, comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood revitalization.

Crime Rates Crime Rate per 100,000 Population • 1999 Uniform Crime Report from the FBI • Part One crimes • Murder, rape, burglary, assault, robbery, larceny, auto theft, and arson. • Property Crime • Burglary, larceny, auto theft

Seed continued… • Many areas utilize programs targeted at youth to: • decrease drug use and violence • increase positive activities and relationships. • There is also a focus on: • Developing sustainable partnerships • Continuation of services after funding ends.

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Information & Data Health Department Data • 45% of MHD investigated complaints between 1990 and 2000 were in the Target Area as well as: • 47% of childhood lead poisoning • 49% of insanitary living conditions

Information & Data Crime Rates in Target Area • 50.2% of all calls for service were in the target area • but the target area only accounts for about 15% of the population (1999) • 80% of drug related offenses • about 62% of REPORTED domestic assaults • roughly 60% of aggravated assaults

Weed Definition • Work to “weed out” • violent and property crime, • drugs, • and in some areas, gangs. • Weed out crime by utilizing: • overtime patrols, • undercover surveillance of drug activity, • directed enforcement • street sweeps, drug raids, and other tactical activities.