In Translating Professor Choi’s Book, Officer Seksin Seemapollakul Hopes to Expand Cybercrime Knowledge in Thai Police

14 Nov 2018

Inquiry Official, Bang Rak Police Station, Royal Thai Police, Thailand

MCJ with concentration in Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity; BPA, Royal Police Cadet Academy, Thailand; LLB, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University 

What compelled you to return to school and pursue a graduate education? What is your long-term objective?

After graduating with my bachelor’s degree I was working as an inquiry officer in the police station in Bangkok, Thailand. During my years of work, I got a chance to be an assistant secretary to the National Police Reform Committee and found myself interested in developing criminal justice policies and reforming the national police. Given there are 220,000 police troops to service over 70 million Thais and over 25 million visitors a year, I saw a value of the change in each policy and it inspired me to be a strategic enabler for the Thai police. To lead reform in the future, I realized I needed higher education, especially from an overseas country. Thus, I applied for a grant, got a full scholarship from the Thai government, and now I am here.


Why did you choose MET for your graduate studies? What set MET apart from other programs you were considering?

I would say that choosing the program to study is one of the most crucial decisions of my life. I reviewed many Master of Criminal Justice programs in the U.S. and U.K., but I could not find any program that offers both theoretical and practical coursework and is well-tailored like the MCJ at MET. The required courses of the MET curriculum ground students with interesting and growing subjects, such as victimology, white-collar crime, and criminal justice administration. I considered these three courses as distinctive from other universities, and they directly match my focus in the field of criminology and policing.


Moreover, the program allowed me to design my concentration in either Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (CIC), or Strategic Management. The CIC from MET is so unique because the curriculum offers joint courses from the Department of Applied Social Sciences and the Department of Computer Science, ensuring that the program develops experts who can connect the dots between computer technologies and the criminology field.


Have you been able to use faculty as a resource? Is there a particular faculty member who has enhanced your experience at MET? Who and why?

Absolutely, yes. Every faculty member I have studied with has been an admirable source of knowledge and enhanced my experiences at MET. However, I would like to give a special compliment to Dr. Kyung-shick Choi, who is internationally renowned for his Cyber Routine Activities Theory and his active works in the cybercriminology area.


Dr. Choi is my professor for Applied Digital Forensic Investigation (MET CJ 710) and Cybercrime (MET CJ 610), and he entrusted me to be his graduate assistant this semester. Working with Dr. Choi is a valuable experience because he always supports and guides me through the courses; moreover, he encouraged me to translate his book into Thai so that I will have produced a significant piece of work by the time I graduate from MET. His passion and dedication to his work is so inspiring to me, and now I have joined his leading vision to introduce cybercriminology at the international level.


Can you share more about the project of translating Dr. Choi’s book?

I am working on translating his book, Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation, together with my friend, Police Captain Chiawchan Chodhirat, who is a class of 2017 MET alum. The Thai version will be updated from the English version and will include contents that relate to Thai laws and cybercrime circumstances in Southeast Asia. The book is scheduled to be published in Thailand by May 2019.


I am really excited to introduce Dr. Choi’s cybercriminology studies and his Cyber Routine Activities Theory to the Thai police. As a police officer studying Dr. Choi’s book, I would say that the original book includes both academic and professional perspective comprehensively. In my organization, while there are experts in computer security and cyber investigation, no one has explained cybercrime systematically from its roots and explored such crime theoretically. I am fortunate to study with Dr. Choi and to get a chance to pass on this knowledge to the Thai police. This will largely contribute to the understanding of cybercrime in my country.


The major content, which is explored in Dr. Choi’s class and also explained in his book, comprises intensive studies in cybercrime issues—the motivational factors, victimization patterns, and the applications of criminology theories, for example, are clearly explained from the start. In addition, the book will examine digital investigation procedures, legal and enforcement concerns, as well as prevention and sanction strategies.


For those who are interested in the cybercrime and cyber investigation field, I strongly recommend reaping the benefits from the book Cybercriminology and Digital Investigation.

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and Cybersecurity

Director : Kyung-shick Choi
Main Office : 46 Warren Ave, Milton, MA 02186

Training Center : 30 JFK Street (3rd Floor), Cambridge, MA 02138

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Center for Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity

Director : Kyung-shick Choi  |  Main Office : 46 Warren Ave, Milton, MA 02186
Training Center : 30 JFK Street (3rd Floor), Cambridge, MA 02138

TEL :  617-358-2807  |  FAX : 617-358-3595  |  EMAIL :

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