Weed & Seed
Weed & Seed Request For Proposal
The North Charleston Weed and Seed is requesting proposals for contracts for services. These contracts are to be awarded to community based agencies and organizations, non-profit organizations (501 c3), schools, units of government, and Weed & Seed residents. The planned term for use of these monies is October 1, 2010-September 30, 2011.
Request for Proposals Detailed Information
Weed and Seed is a strategy developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, which aims to prevent, control, and reduce the levels of violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the United States. 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 restoration.
A community-oriented 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.
The 4 Core components
1) Law Enforcement
Working toward “weeding out” negative influences of drugs and crime in the targeted areas, by enforcing laws and prosecuting criminals.
2) Community Policing
Bridging the weeding and seeding efforts by focusing on building trust between police and the community, opening the lines of communication to promote effective problem solving within the neighborhood, and to mobilize community efforts in combating crime.
3) Prevention / Intervention / Treatment
A variety of efforts to help prevent crime serves as a way to reduce crime and violence where it has already taken place. This can be accomplished by concentrating a broad array of human services on the target areas to create an environment where crime cannot thrive.
4) Neighborhood Restoration
Designed to revitalize distressed neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in the targeted area. This is achieved through the coordinated use of Federal, State, North Charleston, and private sector resources.
What Are The Goals Of Weed & Seed?
- Decrease street level drug sales
- Decrease drug houses
- Decrease youth gang activity
- Increase community defense
- Create sustainable community change
- Decrease neighborhood deterioration
- Reduce neighborhood crime
- Improve lighting to reduce crime
- Improve traffic safety in neighborhoods
- Increase home ownership
- Expand safe havens
- Mobilize, organize & coordinate community resources
- Maximize neighborhood pride & connection among neighborhoods
Paul Fish, Coordinator
City of North Charleston
2500 City Hall Lane
P.O. Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016
Phone: (843) 740-5823
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Community Capacity Development Office
810 Seventh Street, NW, Sixth Floor
Washington, DC 20531
Phone: (202) 616-1152
Fax: (202) 616-1159