Prominent murder investigator Ron Iddles has confirmed his future is with the homicide squad after Fairfax Media revealed there had been talks about transferring him out.
Detective Senior Sergeant Iddles spoke briefly outside a police station in Melbourne's north where he crossed paths with media who had gathered for an unrelated matter on Wednesday.
“I'm still there and I'll still stay there,” he said.
On Tuesday, Fairfax Media exclusively reported a meeting had taken place before Christmas in which the decorated veteran's future in homicide was questioned.
Senior Sergeant Iddles was asked to consider options outside of homicide at a meeting with Crime Command Superintendent Tess Walsh on Christmas Eve, senior police said, expressing outrage at what they believed was a move to oust him.
"This is a bloke who has given everything [to the job]. For them to turn around and do this is an absolute disgrace," said a senior figure from the crime department.
It is believed Senior Sergeant Iddles was offered alternative roles in the crime department, or a senior position at the Police Academy's detective training school in Glen Waverley.
Command confirmed a “welfare” meeting had taken place, but denied that Senior Sergeant Iddles had been asked to leave.
“There is and never has been any intention to move Detective Senior Sergeant Ron Iddles out of the Homicide Squad," a police spokeswoman said.
But an irate retired detective Charlie Bezzina took to radio on Tuesday, saying he knew the claims to be true because Det Sen-Sgt Iddles had personally told him about the meeting.
“He was told that he was going because of his health,” Mr Bezzina told radio station 3AW.
“That is a fact, unless they have changed their mind in the last week or so now that this has got out.
“But I'm telling you it was a fact he was told that he was going, and it's a fact he was told it was because of his health. And I'm really angry.”
Assistant Commissioner Steve Fontana said a meeting to discuss “welfare matters” had taken place at his request, but rejected that the detective had been asked to leave.
“The meeting was about Ron's welfare and I won't go into detail, its a very demanding job, it's distressing, it can have its toll on people and Tess spoke to him like any other member to see how he was travelling,” Mr Fontana told 3AW.
“It is regrettable if Ron left that meeting think he was going to be removed because it's not on our agenda."
Senior Sergeant Iddles did not respond to questions on Wednesday about whether he would consider a training position.