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

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Williams, Joseph and Humphries, Georgina 2020. Analysis of a training package for law enforcement to conduct open source research. in: Improving the Safety and Efficiency of Emergency Services: Emerging Tools and Technologies for First Responders USA IGI Global. pp. 434-451
AuthorsWilliams, Joseph and Humphries, Georgina
AbstractLaw 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.
Page range434-451
Year2020
Book titleImproving the Safety and Efficiency of Emergency Services: Emerging Tools and Technologies for First Responders
PublisherIGI Global
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationUSA
ISBN9781799825357
Publication dates
OnlineJan 2020
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Deposited18 Oct 2021
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-7998-2535-7.ch019
Official URLhttps://www.igi-global.com/chapter/analysis-of-a-training-package-for-law-enforcement-to-conduct-open-source-research/245175
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