Cold case homicide investigation: A global perspective (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Pakistan & New Zealand) on policing polices and practices to solve unsolved homicides

Research Institution / Organisation

Kingston University

In Collaboration With

Collaboration Between Kingston University and Punjab Police Pakistan

Principal Researcher

Muhammad Aslam

Level of Research


Project Start Date

October 2018

Research Context

The aim of the research is to develop robust understanding of policing policies and practices to unlock old and cold case homicides in global context (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Pakistan & New Zealand), and develop a new model for the Punjab police to address cold case homicide problem.

The doctoral project is only focussing on those cold case homicides that are confirmed homicides.  Victims who died in terrorist attacks, missing persons (especially No-body), accidental unsolved deaths and victims who died while in police custody and in Prison are excluded in this study.

Research Methodology

The doctoral research is using the following methods of data collection

  1. Freedom of Information request to police services of UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to understand
    policing policies and practices to solve unsolved homicides.

  2. Live six months observation while working with the Punjab police as an independent observer without any
    practical, ethical and psychological interference with the original investigation.

  3. Interviewing Serving Deputy Superintendent of Punjab Police (SDSPP) using open-ended research

Date due for completion

October 2022
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