Weed and Seed began as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs and aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods across the country. The strategy involves a two-pronged approach. First, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cooperate and work to “weed out” criminals who participate in violent crime and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area. Next, “seeding” brings human services to the area, encompassing prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization. The strategy is to focus on one area of a city at a time until significant progress has been made, then move to another area. This then becomes a cycle which can be repeated and moved throughout the entire city as needed. The current Urban Rock Hill Weed and Seed initiative specifically focuses on 7 neighborhoods: Hagins-Fewell, Sunset Park, Crawford Road, Flint Hill, South Central, Saluda Corridor and The Triangle. For more information on Rock Hill's Weed & Seed initiative, check out the Urban Rock Hill Weed & Seed website.