International Cold Case Analysis Project


International Cold Case Analysis Project

The International Cold Case Analyses Project (ICCAP), world’s largest international cold case project, is a global cooperation on cold cases between police colleges and universities under the umbrella of AMBER Alert Europe and in cooperation with the Police Academy of Lower Saxony and Locate International.

ICCAP, which was launched in 2020, enables young police officers and students to establish a close link between theory and practice in cold cases. Additionally, the participants aim to help families across Europe to find closure after the disappearance of a loved one by trying to uncover new leads in cold cases.

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Students working on real-life cold cases

During ICCAP, teams of diverse young scientific minds from a variety of academic fields from different countries and cultures review a real-life cold case using today’s knowledge, practices and technology in forensic science including digital forensics, forensic archaeology, forensic anthropology and forensic psychology.

ICCAP is a leading force in cold case investigation, taking a fresh approach to cases dating back to 1969. During ICCAP, participants have examined 52 cold cases in detail, focusing on 15 missing persons cases, which make up a shocking 28.8% of their workload. The participants also dug into 37 homicide cases, with 15 involving unidentified victims and a surprising 40.5% starting as missing persons cases before turning into homicides.

Our goal

Bridging tomorrow's expertise to yesterday's cases

ICCAP’s goal is to use modern forensic science, digital forensics, and criminology to solve yesterday’s cases with tomorrow’s expertise. This not only helps in solving cases but also enriches education and advances criminal investigation methods. ICCAP acts as a bridge between academia and real-world crime-solving, involving academic institutions, law enforcement, and non-profits.

Participating organisations

ICCAP showcases remarkable cooperation with 41 organisations, 840 students, and participants from 11 countries joining forces. This effort not only enhances learning for students but also brings diverse skills and new approaches to solving unresolved cases across the globe.

  • Police Academy of Lower Saxony (DE)
  • Leeds Beckett University (UK)
  • South Wales University (UK)
  • Central Lancashire University (UK)
  • Glasgow Caledonian University (UK)
  • Staffordshire University (UK)
  • Plymouth Marjon University (UK)
  • Bath University (UK)
  • Winchester University (UK)
  • St. Kiment Ohridski University Skopje (MKD)
  • Bonn University (DE)
  • University of Cottbus (DE)
  • Murdoch University (AUS)
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (UK)
  • Police College Zagreb (HR)
  • Greenwich University (UK)
  • Goldsmith’s University of London (UK)
  • French Gendarmerie (FR)
  • University of Applied Science Police Bremen (DE)
  • University of Mittweida (DE)
  • University of Applied Science Police Saxony-Anhalt (DE)
  • German Federal Criminal Police Office Wiesbaden (DE)
  • Coventry University (UK)
  • Locate International (UK)
  • Innsbruck University (DE)
  • British Open University (UK)
  • Cologne University (DE)
  • Bundeskriminalamt (DE)
  • Police Brandenburg (DE)
  • University of Applied Science Police Hamburg (DE)
  • Maastricht University (NL)
  • John Abbott College Montreal (CAN)
  • Southern University New Orleans (USA)
  • CID US Army (USA)
  • Duquesne University (USA)
  • University of Sydney (AUS)
  • École Nationale Supérieure de la Police (FR)
  • University of Ljubljana (SLO)
  • Sapienza University of Rome (IT)
  • University of Tor Vergata Rome (IT)

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8th International Cold Case Analysis Project

Start: May 13th, 2024
Final presentations in the period: Oct 07th – Oct 18th 2024


9th International Cold Case Analysis Project

Start: October 21st, 2024
Final presentations in the period: March 17th – March 28th 2024

ICCAP Alumni

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