Federal authorities recently granted Marietta official recognition as a Weed and Seed community after a site visit to confirm the city's application. The federal program helps communities with serious crime problems bring together people and resources to prevent and control crime and improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are already helping Marietta Police.
The Marietta Police Department's Crime Interdiction Unit conducted a drug and prostitution sting June 30, 2006 in the area of Franklin, Fairground and Allgood Roads. The operation was a joint effort of the Marietta Police Department Uniform Patrol, the Crime Interdiction Unit, STEP (traffic unit), Detective Division, Bike Unit, Warrant Division and numerous administrative personnel. The Marietta/Cobb/Smyrna Narcotics Unit and local ATF agents assisted the Marietta Police Department.
The United States Department of Justice provides national leadership and management of the Weed and Seed program. Of 98 communities across the country seeking official recognition, 28 were chosen for this year.
The program stresses collaboration, coordination and community participation. The approach gives communities experiencing high crime and social and economic decay a comprehensive structure, critical planning tools, and access to a national network focused on crime prevention, citizen safety and neighborhood revitalization. The initiative allows communities using the Weed and Seed strategy to develop and undertake efforts tailored uniquely to the issues, needs and concerns of each neighborhood.