ALTON - Police and prosecutors are drawing a "line in the sand" to put a stop to criminal activity and bring a positive impact to the city. City, county and federal officials held a news conference Friday at the Donald E. Sandidge Alton Law Enforcement Center to discuss an initiative that aims to rid criminals from city neighborhoods. The Line in the Sand program is a community prosecution effort to remove repeat offenders from the streets. "This is a perfect example of the cooperative efforts of city, county and federal agencies responding directly to the citizens and neighborhood concerns to take dangerous criminals off the streets," Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons said. Gibbons said city, state and federal offices have worked together for the past four years, helping to rid the Alton streets of criminals. He said the initiative started after the original Weed and Seed program lost its federal funding. "There was some concern as to whether it could operate without the federal funding," he said. "What you see here today is the result of the continuation of that program without any additional funding."