The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in “weeding out” violent criminals and drug abusers and public agencies and community-based private organizations collaborate to “seed” much-needed human services, including prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood restoration programs. A community-oriented policing component bridges the weeding and seeding elements.
Central Long Beach Weed & Seed, Long Beach, California
North Pomona Weed & Seed, Pomona, California
Lancaster Paving the Way Weed & Seed, Lancaster, California
Here in the Central District of California, there are three active Weed & Seed sites that are currently receiving grant funding:
In addition, there are two graduate Weed & Seed sites that no longer receive grant funding buty have elected to continue implementation of the Weed & Seed strategy:
Weed and Seed, a community-based strategy sponsored by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and overseen by DOJ’s Community Capacity Development Office, is an innovative, comprehensive multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization.
Weed and Seed is a community-based approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization that creates an environment for agencies to work together weeding out local crime and planting seeds for crime prevention and neighborhood restoration. Lafayette received a five-year, $1 million grant from the Community Capacity Development Office at the U.S. Department of Justice to fund the Weed and Seed program in August 2007.
Neighborhoods also have started crime watch programs and have taken an active interest in the success of all Weed and Seed projects. Inviting after-school programs for elementary and middle school children are being planned at the Hanna Community Center, Trinity United Methodist Church, and YWCA, according to Miller.
More than 40 people returning from prison have participated in the Problem Solving Reentry Court, Weed and Seed’s core program, Miller says. Most have children and were directed to Dads Make a Difference, a parenting-skills series, and other educational and employment programs throughout the city.
“The greater Lafayette community, including Purdue University, benefits from the Weed and Seed program,” Miller says. “It makes downtown Lafayette a more inviting place for residents and visitors alike.”
JoAnn Miller, the academic partner for the Downtown Lafayette Weed and Seed community initiative, highlighted positive developments, including a 22 percent increase in drug-dealing arrests from 2006 to 2007, in the first progress report submitted to the Department of Justice.