How Information Technology is Shaping Policing

  • Mark Roycroft


As in other disciplines, technology is changing the way police officers carry out their duties and the response to crime. While technological advances continue to enhance the way the police operate, communicate and engage with local people, they also create new opportunities for criminality. Advances in encryption technology particularly in the development of new ‘darknets’ continue to provide new environments for criminal activity. IT refers in this instance to the use of mobile tablets and systems for police officers, ANPR, body-worn cameras (BWCs) and mobile ‘tablets’. IT also involves the change in crime patterns where criminals increasingly use IT for fraud, cybercrime and child sexual exploitation. Sir Tom Winsor of HMIC said that ‘Police ICT can enhance confidence in the police, it is the “biggest golden key” and no single instrument will do more to achieve a higher level of efficiency’ (PP10/2/16).


Police Officer Criminal Justice System Organize Crime Crime Pattern Guilty Plea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark Roycroft
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  1. 1.University of East LondonStratfordUnited Kingdom

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