Weed and Seed is a Department of Justice community-based program whose goal is to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods throughout the country. Weed and Seed strategy follows a two-pronged approach: local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate in "weeding" out criminals who engage in violent crimes and drug abuse, and "seeding" brings human services encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization to the area. A community-oriented policing component bridges weeding and seeding strategies: officers obtain cooperation and information from area residents while they assist residents in obtaining information about community revitalization and resources.
Within this District there are three designated Weed and Seed sites: Savannah, Augusta and Waycross. Each of the three sites has unique characteristics which create special challenges. At each site, the U.S. Attorney's Office plays a central role in organizing a steering committee and in bringing together the participants on both the "weeding" and "seeding" sides of the program. We promote the idea that in this context, the U.S. Attorney's Office is a neutral third party that tries to bring participants to the table in a non-threatening forum to address crime reduction strategies.