Analysis of a training package for law enforcement to conduct open source research

Williams, J. and Humphries, G. (2019) Analysis of a training package for law enforcement to conduct open source research. International Journal of Cyber Research and Education, 1 (1). ISSN 2577-4816.

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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 paper draws on analysis 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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1025 Teaching (Principles and practice)
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe) > LF0014 Great Britain
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA0075 Electronic computers. Computer science > QA0076.75 Computer software
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Law, Criminal Justice and Computing
Depositing User: Joseph Williams
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2018 09:10
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 08:01

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