The Crashing of a Policeman - The Author
By Paul 'Little Jack' Horner. NSW Police &
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Jack Knife is the story of Paul Horner’s
journey as a fully operational Police Officer working at some for the
busiest and hardest police stations within the State of New South Wales
(NSW). Jack Knife is about Trust. It is about Loyalty. It is about Mateship.
It is about Courage and Determination. It is about trusting others with
your life and others trusting you with theirs. Jack Knife is an all inspiring
book about, not only the NSW Police Force, but a Policeman with two arms,
two legs and a heartbeat. In other words a regular human being just doing
his best to serve his State the only way he knew how. Published by Zeus
Publications. ISBN: 978-1-921919-08-4
the Author ...
My name is Paul Horner.
I am an ex Senior Constable of 11 years with the NSW Police Force.
I was medically discharged following a diagnosis of PTSD as a result
of the violence and trauma I experienced in my duties as a fully
operational Police Officer.
Between 1997 and 2008 I served at Mt Druitt, Cabramatta,
Bourke and Byron Bay Police Stations.
I relieved as Sergeant of Police and was in charge of a Pro-Active
Task Force being responsible for up to 12 Police at any one time.
Involved in many violent and at times life threatening jobs, my
job ultimately became my nightmare.
Although not prepared to leave the NSW Police Force, I was medically
discharged after a diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
and Depression. In addition a secondary diagnosis of Alcohol Dependancy
was made. This was a direct result of coping with the stress of
being a fully operational Police Officer and living in a world offering
a constant and relentless level of increasing violence nearing the
end of life as I knew it.
I have since written a book of my experiences, my diagnosis of PTSD
and my medical discharge which unfortunately so many Police have
fallen victim to. I have written this book with the best of intentions,
that being to educate Police and their families about PTSD, how
one accumulates it, and how to tell the warning signs and treat
it so that others don't go through what I and so many others have