ABSTRACT

Weed and Seed Topical Publication Series: Weed and Seed Strategy   [open pdf - 359KB]

In 1991, the U.S. Department of Justice established Operation Weed and Seed--a community-based multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration. The goals of Weed and Seed are to control violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in targeted high-crime neighborhoods and provide a safe environment free of crime and drug use for residents. The Weed and Seed strategy brings together federal, state, and local crime-fighting agencies, social service providers, representatives of the public and private sectors, prosecutors, business owners, and neighborhood residents under the shared goal of weeding out violent crime and gang activity while seeding in social services and economic revitalization. The Weed and Seed strategy is a two-pronged approach to crime control and prevention: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in "weeding out" criminals from the target area "seeding" brings prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization services to the area. Four fundamental principles underlie the Weed and Seed strategy. These include collaboration, coordination, community participation, and leveraging resources. These principles set Weed and Seed apart from traditional approaches of the past and are key to the success of the strategy at the neighborhood level. Weed and Seed is a comprehensive response to crime and neighborhood deterioration. Therefore, the strategy is a multilevel strategic plan that includes four basic components: law enforcement, community policing prevention, intervention and treatment, neighborhood restoration. Key elements of the plan include a steering committee and a strategic plan.

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