OF THE WEEK FOR
AWARDED TO - PC Allan Christopher Smith
A DORSET Police officer sent frightening and threatening messages to a woman he harassed and disclosed protected police information.
Allan Christopher Smith was due at Dorchester Crown Court to stand trial charged with causing fear of violence, namely making telephone calls or sending messages of a threatening nature, making a threat to kill, disclosing information relating to data protection and obtaining information relating to data protection.
But following legal discussions yesterday morning, Smith was re-arraigned on three counts.
Smith, suspended from Dorset Police, admitted to harassing the victim between January 2013 and September 2014.
During this time, Smith sent frightening and threatening messages to the complainant.
Smith was arrested in August last year with a condition of bail that he would not contact the victim.
When his phone data was examined, it revealed he had also released protected police information.
In March 2014, Smith used the Dorset Police system known as CJS to find details about a person.
It was found there was no policing purpose for this check. Obtaining the information for personal use is strictly prohibited.
Smith was jailed on Friday 10 July 2015
Judge Jonathan Fuller QC said messages sent by Smith were threatening and at times 'grossly offensive'.
In regards to this charge, Judge Fuller QC said that the only thing that worked in Smith's favour was that there was no actual violence.