A delegation of senior German police officers has travelled to Scotland to learn about ways to reduce crime.
The five senior officers are visiting Aberdeen to see how local police have helped to bring about a major dip in crime rates.
The team, studying British policing methods, will be briefed on how the introduction of local policing teams helped to reduce levels of vandalism, violence, vehicle crime and housebreaking.
Over the last five years housebreaking rates have fallen by nearly 65% and vehicle crime has dropped by almost 40% in the Grampian area.
Superintendent Innes Walker said "The concept of local policing built on the principle of community engagement can be applied anywhere whether that is here or abroad."
"Policing in the north-east, and in Aberdeen in particular, brings a unique set of challenges such as the offshore industry and royal residences.
"We hope that these officers are able to take something from this visit back to Germany with them."
The German officers will also be briefed on the challenges surrounding the policing of the oil industry, royal policing and public events like the Olympic Torch Relay.