The Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO) hosted a Strategy Implementation Workshop in Baltimore, MD on February 24-26, 2010. The conference was held for Weed and Seed sites that are in various stages of planning and implementation with the purpose of enhancing and strengthening leadership, resources and partnership coordination. Larry Lawton and Joe Reilly of the Reality Check Program were invited to exhibit at the conference.
CCDO efforts provide a platform for other priorities including Project Safe Neighborhoods, ex-offender reentry initiatives, drug control, the Anti-Gang Initiative, Faith-based initiatives, Public Housing Safety initiative, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. Weed and Seed is a community-based strategy sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in designated high-crime neighborhoods across the country. The more than 250 Weed and Seed throughout the United States sites range in size from several neighborhood blocks to several square miles, with populations ranging from 3,000 to 50,000.
Weed and Seed sites are able to use the Reality Check DVD as part of their youth initiative to help prevent juvenile crime. Many law enforcement agencies also distribute the Reality Check DVD’s as part of positive community policing efforts.