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Victorian crime worst in 43 years: cop union boss

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016 Liza Kappelle

As Ron Iddles called time on his distinguished 43-year police career, he noted he had never seen crime in Victoria as bad as it is now.

The widely respected police union secretary will retire in February having worked in the drug squad, with the national crime authority and having closed hundreds of cases during 25 years on the homicide squad.

But, as he announced his impending departure, Mr Iddles can't think of another time when crime in his home state was worse.

He pointed to problems with ice, the contemporary issue of carjackings and home invasions and "regular" assaults on police.

"We have our police officers assaulted on a regular basis, police car rammings, the threat of terrorism - so the whole environment of policing has changed and it's a more dangerous occupation," he told reporters.

Former homicide detective and police union boss Ron Iddles says crime in Victoria is the worst he has seen in his 43-year career. © AAP Image/Dan Peled Former homicide detective and police union boss Ron Iddles says crime in Victoria is the worst he has seen in his 43-year career. He said Victoria needed more police officers, better technology and to look at methods used in NSW and other jurisdictions.

"NSW's crime rate is trending down; you've got to ask yourself why?" he said.

"There's no one thing that is going to fix it."

He hopes to catch up on family time lost over decades of policing.

He missed his daughter's 18th birthday, 21st birthday and was called out to a job during her engagement party.

"My wife used to say, 'You built the sandpit, but you didn't play in it' and that's true."

Both the state government and opposition on Friday issued statements praising the veteran police officer.

Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said Mr Iddles was one of the most respected homicide detectives in the country and had an extraordinary commitment to both the families of victims and the pursuit of justice.

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