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Title: Evaluation of the Wilmington Weed & Seed Program
Author(s): R J Harris; J O'Connell
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 82
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Delaware Statistical Analysis Ctr
Dover, DE 19901
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
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Grant Number: 92-MU-CX-0014
Publication Number: 10-07-03-95-07-11
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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Operation Weed and Seed represents a comprehensive, multiagency approach to combatting violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in high-crime neighborhoods, and program operation in Wilmington, Delaware, is evaluated.
Abstract: The Weed and Seed strategy involves four basic elements: (1) suppression; (2) community-oriented policing; (3) prevention, intervention, and treatment; and (4) neighborhood restoration. In Wilmington, Weed and Seed targets three neighborhoods in the central business district. Program goals are to reduce violent crime, drug trafficking, and drug-related crime in targeted neighborhoods and to provide a safe community environment. The Weed aspect of the program involves increasing drug law enforcement and undercover police operations, improving police- community relations, ensuring that offenders arrested for drug- related crime are prosecuted, and monitoring offenders after their release back into the community. The Seed aspect of the program includes recreation, tutoring, youth development, drug treatment, and victim services. Although Operation Weed and Seed has had a positive impact in Wilmington, many problems affecting targeted neighborhoods remain. For example, the illicit drug trade is unduly influenced by external factors over which the city has little or no control. In addition, Weed and Seed has not sufficiently addressed economic development and neighborhood restoration. Positive program effects have been realized, however, in the areas of police-community relations, community organization, and reduced fear of crime. 6 references, 15 tables, and 11 charts
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Community crime prevention programs; Community policing; Crime prevention measures; Delaware; Drug abuse; Drug law enforcement; Drug prevention programs; Drug Related Crime; Drug treatment programs; Gang Prevention; Police community relations; Police crime-prevention; Program evaluation; Urban criminality; Violence prevention; Weed & Seed Programs
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