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As part of the upcoming fiscal year budget, the Weed & Seed program had ended. Funding for new Weed & Seed sites will no longer be available. However, these types of programs may still be available through the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program (BCJI). This initiative was not funded in the FY 2011 final continuing resolution. However, BCJI was included in the President’s proposed FY2012 budget and is pending before Congress. For questions about this source of grant funding please consult the Weed & Seed website FAQ section.

Within the Northern District of California there have been a number of designated Weed and Seed sites over the past 15 years. In the past several years there have been the following designations: Salinas, East Oakland, San Francisco and two in San Jose. West Oakland has been a graduated site for several years. Each of the sites has unique characteristics which create special challenges. At each site, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has played an important role in working with the steering committee and in bringing together the participants on both the “weeding” and “seeding” sides of the program. Most of the programs have run their individual five year program funding cycles, but continue to meet and work on Weed and Seed issues in the community.

Weed and Seed is a Department of Justice community-based program whose goal is to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods throughout the country. Weed and Seed strategy follows a two-pronged approach: local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in “weeding” out criminals who engage in violent crimes and drug abuse, and “seeding” brings to the area human services encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. A community-oriented policing component bridges weeding and seeding strategies: officers obtain cooperation and information from area residents while they assist residents in obtaining information about community revitalization and resources.

A variety of funding opportunities for law enforcement and other programs are listed on the Office of Justice Programs website.

8 Southeast District — NJ
Site Summary Geography: Area, sq. mi.0.57 Education: Adult population without a high school diploma 43.5% Race/Ethnicity: White 30.7% Black 47.0% Hispanic 36.4% Income/Housing: Per Capita Income $20,630 Median Household Income $37,253 Percent Renting 44.8% Percent Lived in Residence for Less than Five Years 53.2% Community Policing Characteristics: Foot Patrols, Substations, Crime Watch, Police Participation in Community Meetings Safe Haven Characteristics: Academic Tutoring, Anti-Drug Education, Anti-Gang Education/Training, Community Projects, Dispute Resolution and Training, Job Training/Mentoring, Performance/Applied Arts Program, Prevention Education, Recreation/Athletics, Scouting Programs, Summer Day Camp, Youth Leadership Training. The area in square miles ranges from .34 square miles in the Northwest District in New Jersey to 9.08 square miles in the Sunnyslope District in Arizona.

10 South Side District — NE
Site Summary Geography: Area, sq. mi.1.75 Education: Adult population without a high school diploma 38.7% Race/Ethnicity: White 53.4% Black 18.4% Hispanic 43.5% Income/Housing: Per Capita Income $11,521 Median Household Income $29,407 Percent Renting 37.4% Percent Lived in Residence for Less than Five Years43.9% Community Policing Characteristics: Foot Patrols, Bike Patrols, Crime Watch, Police Participation in Community Meetings Safe Haven Characteristics: Academic Tutoring, Anti-Drug Education, Boys and Girls Club Community Projects, Dispute Resolution and Training, Mentoring, Prevention Education, Recreation/Athletics, Safe Corridors, Scouting Programs, Summer Day Camp, Youth Leadership Training As you can see in the handout, no matter what the size of the district… next slide.

12 Sunnyslope District — AZ
Site Summary Geography: Area, sq. mi Education: Adult population without a high school diploma 27.3% Race/Ethnicity: White 74.3% Black 2.9% Hispanic 39.3% Income/Housing: Per Capita Income $22,919 Median Household Income $39,663 Percent Renting 44.8% Percent Lived in Residence for Less than Five Years 50.5% Community Policing Characteristics: Bike Patrols, Substations, Crime Watch, Police Participation in Community Meetings Safe Haven Characteristics: Academic Tutoring, Anti-Drug Education, Anti-Gang Education/Training, Communities In Schools, Community Projects, Dispute Resolution and Training, General Health Screening, Job Placement, Job Training/Mentoring, Military Cadet Training, Performance/Applied Arts Program, Prevention Education, Recreation/Athletics, Scouting Programs, Summer Day Camp, Youth Leadership Training. The Community Policing Characteristics are basically the same for all sites, typically including bike and/or foot patrols, crime watch and a standout in all sites the police participation in community meetings… next slide.

Presentation on theme: “Weed and Seed Program of the U.S. Department of Justice”— Presentation transcript:

1 Weed and Seed Program of the U.S. Department of Justice
I’m Sue Klein and my presentation is on the U. S. Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed Program. By Susan Klein

5 EXECUTIVE OFFICE FOR WEED AND SEED (EOWS)
The Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS) within the Office of Justice Programs is responsible for overall program policy, coordination, and development. EOWS also serves to enhance the law enforcement and prosecution coordination among Federal, State, and local agencies, and coordinates with other cooperating programs and agencies

2 Weed and Seed Program The program, initiated in 1991, attempts to weed out violent crime, gang activity, and drug use and trafficking in target areas, and then seed the target area by restoring the neighborhood through social and economic revitalization – basically, improve the quality of life in our cities.

3 Weed and Seed integrates law enforcement, community policing, prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood restoration efforts. Weed and Seed has three objectives: (1) develop a comprehensive, multi-agency strategy to control and prevent violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in target neighborhoods; (2) coordinate and integrate existing and new initiatives to concentrate resources and maximize their impact on reducing and preventing violent crime, drug trafficking, and gang activity; and (3) mobilize community residents in the target areas to assist law enforcement in identifying and removing violent offenders and drug traffickers from the community and to assist other human service agencies in identifying and responding to service needs of the target area. To achieve these goals ……(read slide) The program elements — next slide