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$1 MILLION AWARDED TO THE CITY OF CHELSEA FROM DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FUNDS

 $1 MILLION AWARDED TO THE CITY OF CHELSEA
 FROM DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FUNDS
 BOSTON, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Attorney and Acting Associate Attorney General Wayne A. Budd, Secretary of Public Safety Thomas Rapone, Secretary of Communities and Development Mary Padula and Chelsea Receiver James Carlin jointly announced today the awarding of approximately $1 million in Department of Justice funds to the City of Chelsea.
 Chelsea was designated by the Department of Justice as a demonstration site for a presidential initiative focusing on violent crime and neighborhood revitalization, called the Weed and Seed Program.
 The Weed and Seed Program is an innovative, multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency strategy for reclaiming and revitalizing urban neighborhoods besieged by illegal activity. Through the coordinated efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement and social service agencies, as well as community groups and private organizations, resources can be targeted to specific areas, thereby maximizing effectiveness. The Weed and Seed Program builds upon existing resources; recognizes the importance of community involvement; and fosters the establishment of community policing.
 The Weed and Seed initiative is based upon the premise that the problems of violent crime, drug use and trafficking, and gang activity must be addressed in a comprehensive manner; no single agency can solve these complex problems alone. In announcing this award Budd stated, "Chelsea is a great city for the Weed and Seed Program. While it is small in size, it is a microcosm of urban America filled with law abiding, hard-working people who are trying to fight back the encroachment of crime and drug abuse."
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 /CONTACT: The Press Officer in the U.S. Attorney's Office, 617-223-9445/ CO: ST: Massachusetts IN: SU:


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