Previous Article Next Article It won’t be easy. He will have to bring down absence ratesfrom the current 10 per cent. He will have to restructure the force during aperiod when the RUC will be losing up to 90 officers a month. And thedifficulties are compounded by the fact that every move the RUC makes is donein the full glare of the media. While Joe Stewart is unlikely to find himself the target ofa pipe bomb, he could be in the firing line in other ways. The huge task ofreforming the RUC into an organisation with support from both sides of Ulster’ssectarian divide is predominantly an HR challenge. Successful reform willdepend on making drastic changes to recruitment, training and work culture inan organisation where currently less than 10 per cent of officers are Catholics. HR put in the firing line with RUC appointmentOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. But Stewart and his colleagues will have the satisfaction ofknowing they are helping to make history. Stewart has an opportunity to showwhat HR is all about and everyone in the profession will want to wish himsuccess. Comments are closed. It sounds like a job from hell. The first civilian head ofHR stepped into the breach at the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the same weekthat the world’s media were dominated by pictures of children caught up inviolent protests over a route to school. A lot of HR chiefs talk about overhauling corporate cultureas if it were a matter of life and death, but in Stewart’s case this is noexaggeration. Stewart acknowledges himself that changes to work culture at theRUC are vital to the success of the peace process. His planned comprehensivereview of HR will have a direct impact on the safety of officers and theirability to protect both sides of the community. If ever there was ademonstration of the crucial role of HR this is it.