Ruth Halkon is a research officer at the Police Foundation. She joins the Foundation from the Metropolitan Police where she served for three years as a police constable in Haringey in North London. As a Dedicated Ward Officer she used evidence-based policing to tackle homelessness, drug dealing and antisocial behaviour in a challenging ward. She subsequently worked as a staff officer to the Safeguarding lead for North Area before moving to the missing persons unit.
Prior to joining the police she worked as a journalist for local, regional and national newspapers and news agencies, where she developed a special interest in criminal justice and policing. In 2017 she was seconded to the Police Foundation where she contributed to The future of neighbourhood policing report. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge and an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University.