Weed & Seed

What is Weed And Seed? Weed and Seed, a community-based strategy sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), is an innovative, comprehensive multiagency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and community revitalization. CCDO oversees the Weed and Seed initiative. The Community Capacity Development Office’s (CCDO) vision for the Weed and Seed program is “safe and thriving communities” and the mission of the program is “to promote comprehensive strategies to reduce crime and revitalize communities.

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. This goal is accomplished in two ways:
Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors take the lead in weeding out criminals who commit violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to a targeted neighborhood.
  Seeding activities bring prevention, intervention, treatment and neighborhood revitalization to the specified area.

There are over 300 current Weed and Seed sites.
Weed and Seed programs have the following elements:

Weeding Consists of:

Law Enforcement

Enforcement, adjudication, prosecution and supervision efforts that target and apprehend violent street criminals. Activities include repeat or violent offender apprehension programs; intensified narcotics investigations; targeted prosecutions; victim-witness protection programs; and eliminating narcotics trafficking organizations.

Community Policing:

Includes the increased presence of foot patrols and mini-police stations; victim referrals to support services; and community relations programs. Communities also organize citizen marches, rallies and prayer services and create drug-free zones and graffiti removal/neighborhood beautification projects.

Seeding Consists of:

Prevention, Intervention and Treatment:

The development and integration of youth services, school programs, community and social programs and support groups that enhance positive community attitudes toward combating narcotics and other drug use and trafficking. Seeding usually begins with the near completion of the intensive weed activities. Depending on the needs, interests and most importantly, the safety of a targeted neighborhood, these strategies are sometimes concurrently launched with weeding efforts and;

Neighborhood Restoration:

Focusing on improving living conditions; enhancing home security; developing long-term efforts to renovate and maintain housing; supporting economic growth and development and low-cost physical improvements to a community; and providing educational, social, recreational and other community-specific opportunities that foster self-worth, responsibility and pride in one’s community.


From the intersection of I-890 and Broadway to intersection of Hamilton Street, Hamilton St. to the intersection of Veeder Avenue, Veeder Ave. (including Sheriff’s Dept and County Jail) to Albany Street, then continuing along Veeder Avenue across State St. intersection, then along Nott Terrace to the Vale Park Boundary.


From Nott Terrace along the northern boundary of Vale Park, Becoming the boundary of Vale Cemetery to intersect Brandywine Ave at #333.


Along Brandywine Ave. to intersection the center of I-890.


Along the center of I-890 to the intersection of Broadway.

Census Tract Numbers:

Block 3 & 4 of 208, 209, 210.02, included in the site.