An international delegation has been visiting Northern Ireland ahead of the next World Police and Fire Games â€“ which are due to be held in the province in 2013.
The games â€“ which form the third largest multi-sport showcase in the world â€“ are expected to attract some 10,000 competitors taking part in 65 sports.
The delegation of 16 directors from the World Police and Fire Games Federation will be visiting the 35 event venues across the province. They are later poised to meet Dame Mary Peters, Patron of the games, in Stormont.
Accompanying the party will be PSNI DCC Judith Gillespie, Chair of 2012 games, plus representatives of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and prison service.
Held from August 1-10 the event â€“ which is held every two years â€“ is expected to attract up to 15,000 visitors. It was last held in New York in 2011.
Some 3,500 volunteers are also being recruited for the games, which are expected to generate several million pounds for the Northern Ireland economy.
Recruitment for the volunteer contingent is expected to begin in June this year.
A full list of events has yet to be finalised, but the provisional line-up ranges from Gaelic football to mountain biking, golf, judo, sailing and netball.
A spokeswoman for the event told PoliceOracle.com: â€œThe visit of the delegation is an important step â€“ it gives us the opportunity to update them on progress.â€