Weed and Seed is a community-based strategy sponsored by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and overseen by the Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO). Weed and Seed has been implemented in numerous communities nationwide. It is foremost a strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the country.
The strategy involves a two-pronged approach. First, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in "weeding out" criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area as part of the program. Second, "seeding" brings a variety of human services to the area encompassing crime prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. A community-oriented policing component bridges the weeding and seeding aspects of the program. Officers and prosecutors obtain helpful information from area residents for weeding efforts while they aid residents in obtaining information about community revitalization and seeding resources.
Presently, the only active Weed and Seed site in the District of Massachusetts is the Washington Street Corridor Weed and Seed Steering Committee operating out of Dorchester. The Suffolk District Attorney’s Office acts as the fiscal agent for the Steering Committee. Although their status as a Weed and Seed site expires May 31, 2011, they plan to continue working to accomplish key goals and objectives. For information on how to become involved with this site, please contact our office.
(PLEASE NOTE: Weed and Seed is in the process of being phased out with no future opportunities to become a selected site. Please visit our link for historical information on Weed and Seed in the District of Massachusetts.)
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