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‘Gold standard’: Revered police chief Mick Miller remembered at Victoria Police funeral

“I never called him ‘Mick’, I always called him ‘Mr Miller’ and even in private times he called me chief commissioner.”

After revisiting Mr Miller’s decorated 40-year career (“I’ve never seen a personnel file that contains so many commendations”), Mr Ashton reflected on the lessons he had learned from his predecessor, who retired in 1987 after a decade in the top job.

Former chief commissioner Mick Miller's coffin is carried out after his funeral.

Former chief commissioner Mick Miller’s coffin is carried out after his funeral. Credit:Joe Armao

“Leadership in policing is nothing without dignity,” Mr Ashton said.

“It must permeate all aspects of a senior police office and in my mind no person epitomises this more than Mick Miller, the 16th chief commissioner of Victoria Police.

“In my view, and I’m sure it’s a view shared by all here, he set the gold standard.

“From today he will rest in peace but he will live on in our memory as the police officer all in the force should aspire to emulate. He will be missed today and always.”

Friend and long-time Age crime reporter John Silvester said Mr Miller would be remembered for his grace, dignity, courage and good humour.

Mick Miller.

Mick Miller.Credit:

Respect too, as he recounted the time Mr Miller, then in his 80s, gave a eulogy for legendary Hawthorn and St Kilda coach Allan Jeans.

He had walked to the stage at the MCG with a cane, Mr Silvester said, prompting a younger man to offer help. Mr Miller had given him a look “that could melt glass”.

“Remember that look? That look that made you want to stand up straight or salute or in worst-case scenarios check your superannuation policy,” he said.

“I waited until he was 86 and on a cane before I even thought of teasing him.”

Mr Miller had made a great policeman because of his “great intellect, moral compass and work ethic of Yorkshire pit pony”, Mr Silvester said.

“I’m sure his own command must have thought he had a stunt double because they could never beat him in,” he said.

“I’ve known many, many great police but, Mick, you were in a league of your own.”

Former staff officer Bill Robertson said it was Mr Miller’s tireless efforts working to smash the SP bookies, a massive illegal gambling network that had corrupted up to 60 per cent of police, that inadvertently led to officers getting paid overtime.

Mr Miller was working weekends as part of a crackdown and when a police minister found out he wasn’t being paid, changes were made.

“That money, he told me, bought the aluminum sun blinds on the western wall of his house still at work today,” Mr Robertson said.

Mr Miller’s grandchildren also spoke of their love for him, each of them referring to themselves as their grandfather’s best friend.

Tina Miller said her grandfather taught her to always live with three traits: “intelligence, integrity and dedication and you can achieve anything”.

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