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.
Ahead of the Police Foundation’s annual conference on Policing and the Public, Ruth Halkon examines the rise of vigilantism (or so-called paedophile hunters) and explores what motivates the public to...
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