Research Officer, Police Foundation
Ruth Halkon is a researcher with the Police Foundation. She co-authored the Strategic Review of Policing in England and Wales, in particular contributing sections on leadership and wellbeing. She also ran the Police Foundation's events programme, including organising the prestigious Cumberland Lodge Policing Conference. Her research areas include police leadership, roads policing, police history and police contact and public confidence. She is an independent adviser on the British Transport Police Rape Review Panel. She joined the Foundation from the Metropolitan Police where she served for three years as a police constable in Haringey, North London. As a Dedicated Ward Officer, she used evidence-based policing to combat crime and improve the lives of residents. 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. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University.