Id­dles an in­spi­ra­tion with his sto­ries

Mt Hotham Falls Creek - - FRONT PAGE -

WHEN one of Vic­to­ria’s most well-known po­lice­men, Ron Id­dles OAM APM, spoke at Falls Creek at the Elk res­tau­rant you could have heard a pin drop in the room.

Mr Id­dles, who is now sec­re­tary of the Vic­to­rian Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion, gave a lunch pre­sen­ta­tion that had the un­di­vided at­ten­tion of an au­di­ence that came along to hear about his years as one of Vic­to­ria’s top cops at the end of July.

Mark Weir, man­ager of Elk Lodge at Falls Creek, said the ses­sion was in­for­ma­tive and opened the au­di­ence eyes as to how the law ac­tu­ally works.

“Mr Id­dles ob­vi­ously has a wealth of in­for­ma­tion to draw on af­ter decades as a mem­ber of the Vic­to­rian Homi­cide Squad,” he said.

“He re­vealed some of the out­comes of se­ri­ous crime that he and his col­leagues had in­ves­ti­gated.

“The in­for­ma­tion he pro­vided was not gar­nished or soft­ened. It was raw, true to fact. It was backed-up by his knowl­edge and ex­per­tise he’s gained from his role. He stressed the im­por­tance of ju­ries and how mem­bers of the public can be in­volved in the process.

“If you are a ju­ror your­self you’ll learn from the in­side how the law works. It was also stressed to take note of what peo­ple around you say, that could lead to a suc­cess­ful pros­e­cu­tion.

“He did say it wasn’t at times like what we see and hear in the media or cur­rent af­fairs pro­grams.

“We were all inspired by his abil­ity as a public speaker and his re­spect of the peo­ple in­volved in homi­cide.”

SNOWTASTIC SPEAKER: Ron Id­dles spoke at Falls Creek’s Elk res­tau­rant and en­joyed his time in the snow.

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