University of Hertfordshire

  • Joseph Williams
  • Georgina Humphries
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Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)13-26
JournalInternational Journal of Cyber Research and Education
Journal publication date14 Jan 2019
Volume1
Issue1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2019

Abstract

Law enforcement officials (LEOs) in the UK conduct open source research (OSR) as part of their routine online investigations. OSR, in this instance, refers to publicly available information that is accessed via the Internet. As part of the research, identifying and tracing the electronic suspect (RITES) course provided by the UK's College of Policing, LEOs are introduced to the open source internet research tool (OSIRT); a free software tool designed to assist LEOs with OSR investigations. This article draws on analyses from questionnaires and observations from a RITES course; mapping them to Kirkpatrick's evaluation model. Results showed the positive impact the RITES course had in transferring knowledge back on-the-job, with LEOs applying knowledge learned to real-life investigative scenarios. Additionally, results showed OSIRT integrated both in the RITES course and into the LEOs investigative routine.

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