Ruth Halkon is a researcher 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.
It was as a young neighbourhood officer, newly arrived on my ward and faced with seemingly intractable antisocial behaviour and drug dealing, that I first came across evidence-based policing. Frustrated...
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