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For Immediate Release

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(City, State)—(insert city) Mayor (insert Mayor's name) announced the release of new crime data that show decreases in all violent crimes committed during the past year, including gun crimes.

The announcement was made at a press conference today, where local community advocates and law enforcement officials renewed their commitment to rid (insert Weed and Seed community name) of crime. The renewed commitment comes on the first anniversary of the launch of Weed and Seed, a community-based, multiagency approach to addressing violent crime, gang activity, drug use, and drug trafficking in communities hardest hit by violence and eroding social and economic stability.

"The reduced number of violent crimes in this community represents the progress made as a result of implementing the Weed and Seed strategy. We are working tirelessly to give our neighborhoods back to law-abiding citizens," said Mayor (insert name).

Please visit (insert Weed and Seed Web site URL) for crime data for (insert Weed and Seed community name) and to learn more about this important initiative.

Weed and Seed is a comprehensive strategy—not simply a program—to assist communities in bringing people and resources together to prevent and control crime and improve the overall quality of life. The Weed and Seed strategy stresses collaboration, coordination, and community participation.

Weed and Seed was established by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1991. The Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO), part of the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), supports local sites through its four-pronged Weed and Seed strategy of law enforcement; community policing; prevention, intervention, and treatment for residents; and neighborhood restoration. About 4.5 million persons live in more than 300 active Weed and Seed communities throughout the country.

OJP 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 five component bureaus and two offices, including CCDO. More information can be found at Direct additional questions to (insert contact name, title, and phone number). 

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