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Appendix 9

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Appendix 9

Appendix 9. Template Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

    MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

    [Neighborhood’s Name] Weed and Seed Site

    [Name of USAO District]

    [City, State]

    I. IN GENERAL

Weed and Seed is a program under the administration of the Community Capacity

    Development Office (CCDO) in the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), United States

    Department of Justice. CCDO assists States, units of local governments,

    neighborhoods and community-based organizations in developing Weed and Seed

    strategies under the authority of the Omnibus Crime and Control Safe Streets Act of

    1968 (42 U.S.C. 3712 ? 103 to 105).

    II. PURPOSE

This initiative aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang

    activity. Its operative strategy incorporates a community-based, comprehensive multi-

    agency approach to law enforcement, crime prevention, and neighborhood restoration.

    It is designed for neighborhoods with persistent high levels of serious violent crime and

    corresponding social problems. Weed and Seed Communities (WSC) are developed in

    partnership with many local organizations—including the United States Attorney’s Office

    (USAO)in order to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in a community.

    Partnering entities are required to primarily draw on and redeploy existing public and

    private resources in crafting problem resolution rather than focusing on limited

    discretionary Federal grant funds.

The strategy recognizes the importance of involving community residents intimately

    familiar with local community conditions and community decision-makers who have the

    responsibility, authority and control of existing community public and private resources.

    These groups must work together in identifying and solving the problems in their

    neighborhoods. Actions pursuant also help to address related social problems that

    without proper intervention often lead to violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity.

Recognizing that only with the redeployment of existing community resources can

    significant and sustainable change be achieved in consistently high crime

    neighborhoods, the undersigned governmental and non-governmental agencies have

    embraced the common goal of significantly reducing violent crime and narcotics activity

    in the following community:

    ? [Name of target area This section must state the geographical-

    jurisdictional boundaries of the program]

This initiative will consist of law enforcement operations and strong community

    engagement to suppress criminal activities, empower residents to build safer

    neighborhoods and facilitate in the implementation of highly-effective, sustainable

    restorative strategies.

    III. PARTIES

    A. A Steering Committee will be established to plan and implement

    intervention measures in the targeted community. The United States Attorney must

    serve as a voting member of the Steering Committee. Members of the committee will

    include at least one (1) representative from the following agencies, faith-based

    organizations, community-based organizations, corporations and residents:

    ? [USAO District]

    Representative’s Name

    Position at the Weed and Seed Steering Committee or Sub Committee

    ? [Applicant’s agency name]

    Representative’s Name

    Position at the Weed and Seed Steering Committee or Sub Committee

    ? All others

    IV. GENERAL UNDERSTANDINGS, AGREEMENTS AND

    REQUIREMENTS

A. All members of the Steering Committee will meet at a set date and time to be

    established at the convenience of its members, at least bi-monthly.

B. Employees, volunteers and/or agents of non-governmental organizations may be

    required to submit to a criminal background check in accordance with the policy of

    the Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice.

C. The parties will be responsible for the creation and execution of their operations in

    the target areas.

D. All parties will work to ensure that programs initially developed by the Steering

    Committee will be operationally transferred and integrated into existing public or

    private organizations as soon as possible - throughout the life of the project in

    order to achieve sustainability and enable the Steering Committee to maintain its

    design, planning and development functions.

E. Due to investigative sensitivities, specific and detailed information relative to law

    enforcement operations, including individual suspects and targets, will generally not

    be shared outside of the law enforcement partnership. However, the Subcommittee

    will create and execute plans that seek to address problems identified by the

    inclusive Steering Committee.

F. Neither Party to this MOA shall release information derived from the other Party to a

    non-participating third party without prior approval of the contributing MOA Party.

G. All participating agencies will be required to submit progress reports to the

    Chairperson of the Steering Committee on a quarterly basis. This information is

needed to comply with the initiative’s overall reporting requirements as well as to

    capture information for evaluation purposes.

    V. SPECIFIC UNDERSTANDINGS, AGREEMENTS AND REQUIREMENTS

    Weed Efforts

     Law Enforcement

    A. The [Agency, nonprofit, faith-based, neighborhood or private organization]

    agrees to provide the following: [List in bullet-style the specific resources,

    activities, collaboration, or contributions including monetary, in-kind or other

    financial -- that the organization will be responsible for providing].

[Repeat the same clause for each Steering Committee member and partners,

    including residents, which will commit or provide resources for the Weed -- Law

    Enforcement effort as part of the Weed and Seed Strategy.]

Community Policing

    B. The [Agency, nonprofit, faith-based, neighborhood or private organization]

    agrees to provide the following: [List in bullet-style the specific resources,

    activities, collaboration, or contributions including monetary, in-kind or other

    financial -- that the organization will be responsible for providing].

[Repeat the same clause for each Steering Committee member and partners,

    including residents, which will commit or provide resources for the Weed --

    Community Policing effort as part of the Weed and Seed Strategy.]

    Seed Efforts

Prevention, Intervention and Treatment

    C. The [Agency, nonprofit, faith-based, neighborhood or private organization]

    agrees to provide the following: [List in bullet-style the specific resources,

    activities, collaboration, or contributions including monetary, in-kind or other

    financial -- that the organization will be responsible for providing].

[Repeat the same clause for each Steering Committee member and partners,

    including residents, which will commit or provide resources for the Seed --

    Prevention/Intervention/Treatment effort as part of the Weed and Seed Strategy.]

Neighborhood Restoration

    D. The [Agency, nonprofit, faith-based, neighborhood or private organization]

    agrees to provide: [List in bullet-style the specific resources, activities,

    collaboration, or contributions including monetary, in-kind or other financial --

    that the organization will be responsible for providing].

    [Repeat the same clause for each Steering Committee member and partners,

    including residents, which will commit or provide resources for the Seed --

    Neighborhood Restoration effort as part of the Weed and Seed Strategy.]

    VI. MODIFICATIONS

     This MOA may be modified at any time by written consent of all parties involved.

    VII. EFFECTIVE DATE

     This MOA is effective on [date of effectiveness] and is in effect until the project

    end date of [end date of the last projected activity in the implementation plan], or until

    otherwise modified.

    VIII. SIGNATORIES

    The undersigned have read and signed the Weed and Seed strategic plan

    [Attached as Attachment 1] for the District of [district]; and agreed to execute the

    objectives outlined in the plan that pertain to their agency.

     The undersigned hereby execute this Memorandum of Agreement on behalf of

    their agencies, instrumentalities, organizations, corporations or groups.

    [Name of Authorized Official] [Name of Authorized Official]

    [Position of Authorized Official] [Position of Authorized Official]

    [Agency] [Agency]

    [Name of Authorized Official] [Name of Authorized Official]

    [Position of Authorized Official] [Position of Authorized Official]

    [Agency] [Agency]

    [Name of Authorized Official] [Name of Authorized Official]

    [Position of Authorized Official] [Position of Authorized Official]

    [Agency] [Agency]

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