policeblotter_sfa.jpgSan Francisco police on Wednesday did a citywide sweep targeting wanted suspects that netted 40 arrests, including 30 on felony offenses, police said today.

Over the course of seven hours Wednesday, police led an operation that included officers from all 10 district police stations, as well as assistance from the sheriff’s department, The U.S. Marshals Service, state parole agents, and the city’s adult probation officers.

Of the 40 people arrested, 16 are on active parole with the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, according to police.

The operation was the first of its kind in nearly two years in San Francisco, and police Chief Greg Suhr plans on conducting similar operations monthly to reduce crime in the city.

The point of the operations “is to get these felons who are wanted off the streets of San Francisco,” police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said. “It reduces the possibility of future crimes and makes the city safer.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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