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 foremost a strategy—rather than a grant program—that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country. The more than 250 Weed and Seed sites range in size from several neighborhood blocks to several square miles, with populations ranging from 3,000 to 50,000.
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.
At each site, the relevant United States Attorney's Office plays a leadership role in organizing local officials, community representatives, and other key stakeholders to form a steering committee. The U.S. Attorney's Office also facilitates coordination of federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts so that sites effectively use federal law enforcement partners in weeding strategies. In some instances, the U.S. Attorney's Office helps sites mobilize resources from a variety of federal agencies for seeding programs.
Here in the Central District of California, there are three active Weed & Seed sites that are currently receiving grant funding:
Central Long Beach Weed & Seed, Long Beach, California
North Pomona Weed & Seed, Pomona, California
Lancaster Paving the Way Weed & Seed, Lancaster, California
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:
Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Weed & Seed, Los Angeles (Watts), California
Las Piedras Weed & Seed, Santa Paula, California
For more details on the Weed & Seed program, the application process for becoming a Weed & Seed site, and related reference and technical resources, go to http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ccdo/ws/welcome.html.
If you are interested in pursuing an application to become a Weed & Seed site in this district, or if you have questions or want further information, please contact this district’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee Manager, Ted Marquez, by email at Ted.Marquez@usdoj.gov.