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Digital Transformation in Policing: The Promise, Perils and Solutions

  • Provides a systematic analysis into the use of new technologies in digital policing

  • Offers a roadmap for a national digital policing strategy for legal and ethical policing approaches

  • Offers practical guidance on effective technological and criminal justice responses

About this book

This book shares essential insights into how the social sciences and technology could foster new advances in managing the complexity inherent to the criminal and digital policing landscape. Said landscape is both dynamic and intricate, emanating as it does from crimes that are both persistent and transnational. Globalization, human and drug trafficking, cybercrime, terrorism, and other forms of transnational crime can have significant impacts on societies around the world. This necessitates a reassessment of what crime, national security and policing mean. Recent global events such as human and drug trafficking, the COVID-19 pandemic, violent protests, cyber threats and terrorist activities underscore the vulnerabilities of our current security and digital policing posture.

This book presents concepts, theories and digital policing applications, offering a comprehensive analysis of current and emerging trends in digital policing. Pursuing an evidence-based approach, it offers an extraordinarily perceptive and detailed view of issues and solutions regarding the crime and digital policing landscape. To this end, it highlights current technological and methodological solutions as well as advances concerning integrated computational and analytical solutions deployed in digital policing. It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the technical, ethical, legal, privacy and civil liberty challenges stemming from the aforementioned advances in the field of digital policing; and accordingly, offers detailed recommendations supporting the design and implementation of best practices including technical, ethical and legal approaches when conducting digital policing.

The research gathered here fits well into the larger body of work on various aspects of AI, cybersecurity, national security, digital forensics, cyberterrorism, ethics, human rights, cybercrime and law. It provides a valuable reference for law enforcement, policymakers, cybersecurity experts, digital forensic practitioners, researchers, graduates and advanced undergraduates, and other stakeholders with an interest in counter-terrorism. In addition to this target audience, it offers a valuable tool for lawyers, criminologist and technology enthusiasts.


  • Digital Policing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Law Enforcement
  • National Security
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Facial Recognition
  • Deep Learning
  • Surveillance
  • Civil Liberties
  • Privacy and Ethics
  • Cyber Threats
  • Cyberterrorism
  • International Security
  • Digital Warfare
  • Digital Forensics
  • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Cyber Warfare

Editors and Affiliations

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Swansea University, Swansea, United Kingdom

    Reza Montasari

  • Room H011, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, United Kingdom

    Victoria Carpenter

  • College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA

    Anthony J. Masys

About the editors

Dr. Reza Montasari is a Senior Lecturer in Cyber Threats at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law in Swansea University. Reza obtained his BSc (Hons) in Multimedia Computing and MSc in Computer Forensics both from the University of South Wales and his PhD in Digital Forensics from the University of Derby. He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Chartered Engineer (CEng), a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), and a Member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences (MCSFS). Reza’s main research interests lie in the areas of Digital Forensics, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security but also include Cyber Terrorism, Cyber Law and Cyber Criminology. He has authored numerous journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, media articles and recently co-authored an edited volume in his fields of expertise. Reza frequently presents at various conferences including the annual International Conference on Global Security, Safety & Sustainability (ICGS3). He has also given a number of invited talks including his recent presentations at International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity (India, virtual conference) and at the College of Policing and The Investigator Spring National Digital Media Investigator’s (DMI) Conference (Oxford, UK., 2019). Reza serves as an Editorial Board Member, a Programme Steering Committee Member and a Reviewer for a number of leading international journals and conferences in the fields of Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. He has previously worked with Cheshire Police Headquarters and South Wales Gwent Police High Tech Crime Units. He is a Member of Strategic Independent Advisory Group at South Wales Police, Wales, U.K. He is also a Guest Writer for Today’s Legal Cyber Risk to provide advice on the latest Cyber Security issues. Reza is an experienced supervisor and examiner of undergraduate and postgraduate candidates, and has recently been appointed as an External Examiner to the University of South Wales, Wales, U.K.

Dr. Victoria Carpenter, BSc (UCF), PhD (Hull), has been the Head of Research Development at the University of Bedfordshire since joining the University in November 2018. Victoria started her academic career in 2001 as a Lecturer in Spanish at the University of Derby, later expanding into the area of research and knowledge transfer development. As the Head of Research Development in the Research & Innovation Service, Victoria oversees the work of the Research Graduate School, provides them with academic direction and guidance, coordinates the support for graduate research students, and supports research development.

Victoria is an active researcher specialising in representations of violence in the state and public discourse, relationship between knowledge and emotions, and hegemonic and posthegemonic power distribution mechanisms.

Dr Anthony Masys is an Associate Professor and Director of Global Disaster Management, Humanitarian Assistance and Homeland Security.  A former senior Air Force Officer, Dr Masys has a BSc in Physics and MSc in Underwater Acoustics and Oceanography from the Royal Military College of Canada and a PhD from the University of Leicester. He is Editor in Chief for Springer Publishing book series: Advanced Sciences and Technologies for Security Applications and holds various advisory board positions with academic journals and books series.

Dr Masys is an internationally recognized author, speaker and facilitator and has held workshops on security, visual thinking, design thinking and systems thinking in Europe, Canada, South America, West Africa and Asia. He has published extensively in the domains of physics and the social sciences. 

Dr Masys supports the University of Leicester (UK) as an associate tutor in their Distance MSc Program on Risk Crisis and Disaster Management.

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