Police who work with Brighton's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community are to visit the US to see how counterparts there work.
The two officers will spend six weeks in the Castro district
Sgt Mark Andrews and community liaison officer Lisa Timerick will spend six weeks in San Francisco.
The trip has been paid for with £5,000 awarded to them for winning a police award for diversity in action.
They said they wanted to use the prize to visit San Francisco because it has a large LGBT community, like Brighton.
Mr Andrews and Miss Timerick won the £5,000 bursary at the Police Review Awards in November 2004 for their work with the LGBT community in Brighton and Hove.
The officers will take part in San Francisco's Pride march in June
Mr Andrews said: "We both decided to use the bursary from the award to fund a research trip to San Francisco as the city holds so many similarities to Brighton with it having a large LGBT community.
"We hope by sharing best practice and exploring different styles of policing and community involvement we can return to Brighton with fresh ideas and learn from our first-hand experiences in America."
An officer from the San Francisco Police Department has been appointed to work with them in the city's Castro district during the visit which starts on 17 May.
On their final day in California the two officers will take part in the city's 35th annual pride march, with Mr Andrews planning to wear his Sussex Police uniform and Miss Timerick a force t-shirt.