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Community Crime Prevention Initiative

Program Coordinator - Antwan K. Diggs, Sr.
Phone - (716) 851-4281
Address - 218 City Hall, Buffalo, New York 14202

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Capacity Development Office previously allocated funding over five years (1996-2001) to the City of Buffalo to support an initiative known as Buffalo Weed and Seed. Originally focused on high crime neighborhoods, in the Masten and Fillmore districts (Eastside), Weed and Seed was previously granted additional funding (2001-2006), allowing the program to expand into neighborhoods located in the Niagara and Ellicott districts of the City of Buffalo (Westside).

Their newest site, located primarily in the Fillmore District with the outer boundaries extending into the Ellicott and Lovejoy Districts, (Lower Eastside) was granted to the City of Buffalo in August 2006. They are diligently working to implement a five year strategy as they mobilize community residents, federal, state and local offices; law enforcement agencies and criminal justice initiatives with social service providers, private-sector entities and community efforts. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in "weeding out" violent criminals, drug abusers, as public agencies and community-based private organizations collaborate to "seed" much-needed human services, including prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood restoration programs. A community-oriented policing component bridges the weeding and seeding elements. Four fundamental principles underlie the Weed and Seed strategy: collaboration, coordination, community participation, and leveraging of resources. (CCDO)