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Elmhurst Weed and Seed Initiative
Weed and Seed is a federally funded program designed to create partnerships among residents and local, state and federal agencies to deter or "weed out” violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in targeted high-crime neighborhoods. “Seeds of Change” are planted, including after school programs, better businesses in commercial areas, and programs for those attempting to change their lives for the better.
Operation Weed and Seed was established in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Elmhurst Weed and Seed Initiative began in 2005 and is governed by a Steering Committee including a representative of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, representatives of the Beat 33 and Beat 34 Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils, and representatives of community organizations and public agencies.
Sub-committees focus on specific goals:
- The Weed/Law Enforcement Subcommittee focuses strictly on crime reduction through coordinated operations. Members represent Oakland Police, the District Attorney, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and Neighborhood Crime Prevention Councils.
- The Prevention/Intervention/Treatment Subcommittee provides small grants for programs specifically designed to foster positive youth development and to rehabilitate ex-offenders. This subcommittee includes representatives from organizations serving area residents such as the East Oakland Boxing Association, Men of Valor Academy, the Oakland Police Activities League, Allen Temple Baptist Church, and many others.
- The Neighborhood Restoration Subcommittee addresses the physical environment, developing strategies to reduce blight, improve housing conditions, and direct redevelopment dollars to improve the commercial corridor in the area.
The Steering Committee meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Eastmont Police Station.
For questions about the initiative contact Joe DeVries at (510) 238-3083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org