SFPD Deputy Chief of Operations James Dudley speaks at a press conference on SFPD's response to recent violence Thursday.

The San Francisco Police Department announced on Thursday that officers arrested a man on Halloween night for firearms possession and carrying a concealed weapon at the Mission’s Valencia Gardens, recovering two guns from the area.

The arrest and gun seizures were part of citywide actions that netted a total of five arrests and six firearms taken off the streets as part of the SFPD’s ramped-up violence reduction efforts in the Mission District and elsewhere in San Francisco.

Police arrested Antonio Henry, 21, on the weapons charges on Valencia between 14th and 15th streets, and arrested four other individuals in the South of Market, Western Addition and Tenderloin areas, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by SFPD.

Earlier Thursday afternoon, police and city leaders took their message of violence suppression downtown to a City Hall press conference in Supervisor David Campos’ office, where they discussed the recent rash of gang violence and homicides in the Mission.

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr and Mission Station Capt. Robert Moser focused on the involvement of community outreach specialists like Diana Oliva-Aroche, the mayor’s director of violence prevention services, and Ricardo Acosta-Garcia, director of the Northwest Community Response Network.

Suhr said their crucial role will be giving youth positive choices before they are drawn to violence.

“We’d like to claim them before the gangs do,” Suhr said.

“The temperature is hot right now between Hispanic gangs as they’re running in the Mission,” he added.

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      1. Most likely it stems from lack of supervision and bad parenting. Parents are probably stretched too thin having way too many kids, working too many jobs and not having enough energy to try to shape the future of their children.

  1. la policia de sf y todo estados unidos deben de poner manos duras con estos pandilleros latinos aunque sean nacidos aqui que los deporten de donde sean sus padres o que les quiten la nacionalidad y los dejen sin papeles para que no esten saliendo mas basuras de lo que tenemos y solo robando quieren vivir para comprar sus drogas y la gente inocente pagamos los platos aqui debe demostrar ee uu su poder para acabar con estas basura de gente aqui lo que nesecitamos es mano dura con estos delincuentes la mission esta llena de pandilleros y ahi pasan todo el dia para escojer a sus victimas