FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Office of Justice Programs
Contact: David A. Hess
“Today’s announcement is wonderful
news for the residents of
Before serving as the Assistant
Attorney General for OJP, Ms. Daniels, an
The award, administered by OJP’s Executive Office for Weed and Seed (EOWS), will allow the Weed and Seed site to undertake several law enforcement initiatives, including addressing drug trafficking in neighborhoods and increasing residents’ participation in community policing efforts. The award and strategy will also be used to enhance residents’ awareness of different forms of assistance available through social service agencies. The total award includes $50,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to assist in the investigation, prosecution, and prevention of violent crimes and drug offenses in public and federally assisted low-income housing.
in 1991, EOWS has provided
Operation Weed and Seed is a program administered by the Office of Justice Programs’ Executive Office for Weed and Seed. Operation 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 targeted high‑crime neighborhoods across the country. Under the leadership of
U.S. Attorneys, the strategy brings together federal, state, and local crime‑fighting agencies, social service providers, representatives of public and private sectors, business owners, and neighborhood residents and links them in a shared goal of weeding out violent crime and gang activity while seeding the community with social services and economic revitalization.
In order to receive funds, a site must first become “Officially Recognized” through the development and approval of a comprehensive strategy that focuses on reducing a target neighborhood’s crime problems, as well as providing economic development opportunities and social services. The Weed and Seed approach emphasizes four principles: aggressive law enforcement strategies, community policing, the provision of crime prevention, intervention, and treatment services, and neighborhood restoration and revitalization activities.
For more information on Operation Weed and Seed or other OJP programs, please see OJP’s Website. Media inquires should be directed to David Hess or Joan LaRocca in OJP’s Office of Communications at 202-307-0703.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises 5 component bureaus and 2 offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Executive Office for Weed and Seed, and the Office of Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education. Information about OJP programs, publications and conferences is available on the OJP Website, www.ojp.usdoj.gov .