OperationWeed and Seed
strategy within the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs
that incorporates community-based initiatives. It is an innovative and
comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention,
and community revitalization.
Operation Weed and Seed is foremost a strategy--rather than a grant program-- which aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the country. Weed and Seed sites range in size from several neighborhood blocks to 15 square miles.
The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: 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; and "seeding" brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization.
A community-orientated policing component bridges weeding and seeding strategies. Officers obtain helpful information from area residents for weeding efforts while they aid residents in obtaining information about community revitalization and seeding resources.
More information about the program can be found by clicking on this link, Weed and Seed, which will take you to the Department of Justice Weed and Seed website. To navigate back from the website, click the "Back" button on your web browser.