The two lead homicide detectives on the William Tyrrell case are set to undertake conflict resolution training after a heated argument got out of hand.
The officer-in-charge of the case, Detective Sergeant Craig Lambert and Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin became involved in an altercation.
Police sources say the men, both keen boxers with martial arts experience, got into a heated disagreement during an operational briefing.
One officer told the Daily Telegraph the men took ‘hold of each other’, while another said papers were thrown to the ground as fiery words were exchanged.
The argument comes after an extensive three-week search for Tyrell in early July, which ended with a plan to put the case before the coroner’s court.
The two lead detectives in the William Tyrrell case have been involved in an altercation (pictured: Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin)
The pair were discussing the revelations from the most recent search for missing toddler William Tyrrell (pictured)
Neither have placed an official complaint regarding the incident, though officials say preventative measures are being put in place anyway.
‘NSW Police Force is managing a conflict resolution process following a verbal disagreement between two officers during an operational briefing,’ a police spokesman said.
‘As passion for the job is an imperative trait for a detective, robust workplace disagreements are not uncommon.’
Both inspectors are well-respected within the police force and are known for being tenacious when handling cases.
They were discussing the Tyrrell case when the alleged altercation happened.
The most recent search of grassland (pictured) near where the boy disappeared aimed to push the case in the direction of a coroner
William was born on June 26, 2011, and has been missing since he went missing from his foster grandmother’s front yard in September 2014.
No trace of him has been seen since.
With a $1million reward attached, Detective Chief Inspector Jubelin has repeatedly said he was confident of finding the person responsible for William’s disappearance.
The most recent search of Kendall didn’t uncover any new information, but did push the case towards a coroner.
A coroner has the ability to compel new witnesses to come forward, which could progress the case.
WILLIAM TYRRELL MYSTERY TIMELINE
* SEPTEMBER 12 – Dressed in a Spiderman outfit, three-year-old William Tyrrell goes missing from the front yard of his foster grandmother’s home in Kendall, 40km south of Port Macquarie in NSW.
* SEPTEMBER 21 – Police stop searching for the missing boy after scouring surrounding bushland and neighbouring houses.
* FEBRUARY 19 – Homicide detectives take over the case and say it’s likely William was abducted.
* MARCH 2 – Police search bushland near Bonny Hills for three days after a tip-off.
* APRIL 17 – William’s foster parents speak publicly for the first time in an emotional video released through police which does not identify them.
* APRIL17 – Police say the boy may have been a victim of a pedophile ring.
* SEPTEMBER 12 – ‘Where’s William’ week is launched one year after he disappeared.
* SEPTEMBER 12 – A $1 million reward is offered for information leading to William’s return.
* AUGUST 24 – William’s foster child status is revealed after a court ruling.
* JUNE 12 – NSW Police announce the start of a four-week forensic search of bushland in Kendall conducted by Strike Force Rosann.
* JUNE 14 – William’s grandmother scolds police who have failed to find the young boy after four years, and claims their latest search is ‘just for show’.
* JUNE 26 – the forensic search continues on what would have been William’s seventh birthday.
* JUNE 27 – Strike Force Rosann announces it will move the search to an 800sqm block of bushland just 4km from where William was last seen alive.
* JULY 5 – The latest search ends with Detective Chief Inspector Gary Jubelin saying the case could soon go to a coroner.