A DISGRACED police officer who sent sent frightening and threatening messages to a woman he harassed, as well as disclosing protected police information, has been jailed.

Allan Christopher Smith, aged 54, of Bovington, admitted multiple incidents of putting a person in fear of violence by harassment, disclosing information without lawful authority and obtaining information without lawful authority.

Smith, sacked from Dorset Police, admitted to harassing the victim between January 2013 and September 2014.

During this time, Smith sent frightening and threatening messages to a woman.

He has been jailed for nine months in total, which includes nine months for harassment, two months for one count of obtaining or disclosing police information and three months for another count of the same, all the run concurrently.

Smith was also issued with an indefinite restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim.

Superintendent Peter Windle, of Dorset Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victim in this case. We would like to thank her for her bravery in coming forward and reporting these offences and supporting the prosecution.

“Allan Smith was working in a position of trust as a frontline officer. He betrayed that trust and let down his colleagues and the police service.

“He was suspended from duty as a result of this investigation and has since been dismissed following a misconduct hearing.

“His arrest and prosecution reinforces the fact that Dorset Police expects the highest standards of professionalism and integrity from its staff.

“Any member of staff suspected of a criminal offence will be investigated and the matter referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“I would like to reassure the public that the Force’s Anti-Corruption Unit will proactively and robustly investigate any member of staff suspected of being involved in criminal or corrupt behaviour.

“As demonstrated by this case we are committed to protecting vulnerable people and increasing public confidence in Dorset Police.”