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Faulconer discusses preventing terror attacks

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Mayor Kevin Faulconer appears on a national Sunday talk show to discuss terror threats facing big cities like San Diego. 

One of the major security concerns is our border with Mexico.

With tens of thousands of cars and pedestrians crossing the San Diego-Mexico border every single day, it's no wonder security is a concern when it comes to terrorists slipping into the country. There have been reports that ISIS, also known as ISIL, has an interest in using the border to carry out an attack.

Sunday, on CNN's State of the Union, Mayor Kevin Faulconer said security starts with communication and collaboration.

"So it's critically important that we share information with our state, local, federal partners here in the US, but it's something we do on a daily basis with our partners in Mexico. Share that information," he said. 

Faulconer talked about the city's fusion center where that information is gathered and analyzed. He also touted a resource that covers a lot of ground daily.

"One of the things we have in San Diego is terrorism liaison officers. These are police officers that have been crossed trained in terrorism prevention. There's over 100 of them, they're out there every single day, every night, on every shift," Faulconer said. 

And it's not just terrorist groups that are causing concern. On State of the Union, Faulconer was also asked about lone wolves carrying out an attack. He said when it comes to stopping a threat, no matter how big or small, what's going to keep San Diego safe is a community that works together, and is always on the lookout.

"If you see something, say something. and it's all about getting that info out so it can be investigated nothing too small and too big it really comes down to that partnership local level neighborhood by neighborhood," he said. 

Mayor Faulconer mentioned how busy our border crossing is, he said 50,000 cars and 25,000 people make that crossing everyday.

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