The U.S. Department of Justice’s Weed and Seed program was developed to demonstrate an innovative and comprehensive approach to law enforcement and community revitalization, and to prevent and control violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in target areas. 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. Weed and Seed has three objectives: (1) develop a comprehensive, multiagency 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, Weed and Seed integrates law enforcement, community policing, prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood restoration efforts. The Weed and Seed program is being implemented in more than 150 communities across the country.
National Weed and Seed Program — U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Weed and Seed
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 such as Ameri-Corps, Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities, and the Comprehensive Communities Program.
Whether or not you have an active Weed and Seed program, and at this rate, soon no one in the U.S. will have one, you need to deal with both crime and the perception or fear of crime directly.
Community poverty. Since the spikes in criminal activity always coincide with downturns in the economy, it’s easy to demonstrate a connection between poverty and crime.
Some Observations about This Community Drug Program
In general, learn all you can about successful community building, and if you click around this site, or check the Sitemap or search box below, you’ll find many resources relevant to your neighborhood.
Even though this particular program is now obsolete, we are writing about it because we think that local leaders would be well served by studying this multi-pronged approach to violent crime, drug problems, and revitalization in neighborhoods or communities ranging from 3,000 to 50,000 population.
It also said to potential offenders that they couldn’t rely on residents being afraid to testify.