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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Albany Police Department hopes to use federal grant money to cut out bad and implant more good in some neighborhoods.

Police told city commissioners Tuesday they want to apply for a $250,000 Weed and Seed Grant. It would be the third Weed and Seed initiative in Albany but the first in several years.

The money helps restore neighborhoods and get rid of things like drugs and crime.

"Basically we target high crime areas because of course we want to reduce crime. So a big portion of this grant is making sure those areas are targeted," said Steve Butler with Albany Police.

This Weed and Seed grant would target a one-square mile area in east Albany that police describe as high crime. A steering committee will be put together with police, churches and citizens to come up with specific plans.

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