Former PCSO Jailed for Perverting Course of Justice
Friday, 22 September 2023
A former West Yorkshire Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) has been sentenced after admitting perverting the course of justice.
Fiona Price, 33, who worked in Leeds District, previously admitted one count of perverting the course of justice and appeared at Bradford Crown Court where she was given a three-month custodial sentence and fined £1,800.
She was sentenced alongside her husband Darren Price, 37, who was also jailed for three months.
On 20 August 2022, Fiona Price reported that her vehicle had been stolen from a layby in Burnsall, North Yorkshire.
In a statement given to the police, Price said her, and her family had returned to find the vehicle missing at around 4.30-4.45pm, with her reporting it to the police from a restaurant at around 6.30pm after charging her and her husbands’ phones in a friend’s car.
Initial enquiries were carried out by an officer from North Yorkshire Police who had concerns about the legitimacy of the report. It was then passed on to West Yorkshire Police’s Counter Corruption Unit after it was confirmed that Fiona Price was a police staff member.
Investigating officers found discrepancies in her and her husband’s account of what had taken place, and they were both arrested.
Detective Chief Superintendent Nicola Bryar, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, said:
“Former PCSO Price has never offered any explanation for her actions.
“Honesty and integrity are fundamental values for anyone working in policing. For someone involved in the criminal justice process to fabricate a crime is simply unacceptable and taken extremely seriously by the Force.”
Fiona Price resigned from her position while under investigation. Following conclusion of this court case, misconduct proceedings will now resume to ensure she is added to the College of Policing’s Barred List, which prevents her from gaining further employment in policing.