The San Diego Sheriff's Department is able to identify individuals and organizations involved in terrorist activities with the help of a number of factors - the vast areas patrolled, the wide variety of investigative divisions under its command, presence in the jails and courts, and close proximity to the San Ysidro border.  Investigations after the terrorist attacks that took place September 11, 2001 indicate that at least two of the hijackers lived, worked, and operated here in San Diego prior to committing their attacks against the U.S..  Unquestionably, San Diego County presents a desirable location for individuals or groups involved in terrorism to comfortably operate out of.

In order to quickly facilitate the flow of critical terrorism related information, the San Diego Sheriff's Department has established investigative partnerships with the Terrorism Early Warning Group, Federal Bureau of Investigation's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the San Diego Regional Terrorism Threat Assessment Center.  Together, their purpose is to detect, prevent and respond to domestic and international terrorist organizations and/or individuals who may threaten or attack U.S. citizens or interest abroad or conduct criminal activity within the U.S.. Utilizing a multi-agency approach allows for the most effective means to investigate, penetrate, and neutralize individuals and organizations involved in terrorist activities.

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