sfpd_arrestcuffs.jpgSan Francisco police arrested 68 people on Wednesday during a multi-agency citywide sweep targeting wanted suspects, police Chief Greg Suhr said today.

Police arrested 53 people on felony charges or warrants and 15 others for misdemeanors. They also confiscated a number of weapons during the 10-hour operation, Suhr said.

The enforcement comes as San Francisco deals with its most violent month in recent memory, with 10 homicides so far in June, including one early this morning.

“We’ve definitely had a bad month, and don’t want to have another one,” Suhr said.

San Francisco’s murder total stands at 38 this year, compared to 26 at the same point in 2011.

Suhr said the enforcement has “a concentrated focus right now on the southern end of the city” in neighborhoods like the Bayview and Visitacion Valley, where much of the recent violence has occurred.

However, Deputy Chief Kevin Cashman said that while fatal shootings are up, non-fatal shootings are actually down by 10 percent compared to last year.

Wednesday’s operation was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Marshals Service, the San Francisco’s sheriff and adult probation departments, state parole agents and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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