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

The aim of the PhD is to understand the processes used in the UK and internationally to investigate cold case homicides to inform the development of a new model for the Punjab police to assist them in tackling their cold case problem.

Key details

Lead institution
Principal researcher(s)
Muhammad Aslam
Police region
Collaboration and partnership

Collaboration Between Kingston University and Punjab Police Pakistan.

Level of research
Project start date
Date due for completion

Research context

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

The doctoral project is only focusing 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 from this study.

Research methodology

The doctoral research is using three 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 questionnaire.

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