LoBiondo Announces $400,000 for Crime Prevention in Southern New Jersey Communities
Federal Weed and Seed Program Grants to Benefit Atlantic City, Millville in Efforts to Fight Crime, Build Community
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Congressman Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today announced $225,000 in new "Weed and Seed" funds for the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City for community policing and crime prevention. This is the group's second award. Additionally, in their first award, the City of Millville will receive $175,000 in federal funding under the program.
"For many communities, these federal funds have served as a valuable resource to combat crime and improve the quality of life for city residents. The Boys & Girls Club in Atlantic City has clearly demonstrated the successes funding from this program can help to achieve," said Congressman LoBiondo. "I am especially pleased that, with this critical federal support, Millville will now be able to implement its strategy for helping to keep our communities safe."
"In preparation for today, we have been working with our neighborhoods and law enforcement to maximize the benefits from this funding to our community," said Millville Mayor Jim Quinn. "This funding was desperately needed, and I am very pleased that Congressman LoBiondo was able to secure these federal resources for us."
The "Weed and Seed Program" is a community-based initiative that combats violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in designated sites throughout the nation. Local and federal law enforcement officials cooperate with prosecutors to "weed out" criminals through increased community policing/prosecutorial services. Weed funds are used to better equip law enforcement and community policing personnel with tools that assist them in their duties.
The "Seed" aspect of the program joins neighborhood restoration programs together with drug abuse prevention and treatment efforts. Funds used for the Seed portion of the program sponsor crime prevention activities like youth summer camps and after school programs, and other efforts that target young people during periods of high crime activity. The program funding is also used for educational activities and mentoring programs for young men and women.
The program specifically focuses on a comprehensive crime prevention strategy designed to address violent crime, drug abuse, and domestic violence. The goals of the community policing effort are to improve the relationship between the police departments and community residents, and help build the foundation for neighborhood restoration.