The use of money laundering legislation in digital crime investigations

Research Institution / Organisation

University of Derby

Principal Researcher

Michael Donegan

Level of Research


Project Start Date

September 2017

Research Context

​The research objectives are to document and critically analyse the following:

  • The use of money laundering legislation in digital crime investigations
  • What perceptions digital investigators have as to whether the legislation should feature in digital crime investigations
  • Do digital investigators feel they should be trained in financial investigation?

This research is supported by the College of Policing Bursary Scheme

Research Methodology

​A questionnaire will be used to collect the primary data for this research. To analyse the perceptions of digital investigators it is necessary to specifically target them in a purposive sample. To achieve this, criteria will be laid out when seeking participants which outlines that they must be investigating cyber dependent criminality as a major element of their role. Participants working within local, regional and national digital crime units will be accepted. This will contribute to collecting data over a broad spectrum of experiences and knowledge. There are 50 participants being sought with a minimum of 50% response rate hoped for.
The primary data will be analysed using software called Nvivo. This will be used to identify key themes and issues relevant to the Central Research Questions.

Interim reports and publications

​Not available

Date due for completion

April 2019
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