ASHEVILLE WEED & SEED NARROWS ITS TARGETS

North Carolina: ASHEVILLE WEED & SEED NARROWS ITS TARGETS

Asheville Police Chief Bill Hogan has begun a program with the local housing authority and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District that will target Weed & Seed programs to a narrow community of at-risk youths.

The chief said the program would select youths with characteristics including poverty, homelessness, school dropout, substance use and family dysfunction.

Hogan said the Drug Suppression Unit would spearhead police department contributions to the program.

The chief said drug prevention has the potential for reducing the crime rate by redirecting youths away from street corner drug dealers.

The program will identify several neighborhoods for Weed & Seed instead of community wide. A major component of the program will feature police arrests of street dealers in the designated neighborhoods.

Copyright Washington Crime News Service Sep 20, 2004

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