When we lived in Venezuela we thought if they only gave the cops a decent salary they wouldn't be so corrupt.
Wrong. Corruption is never a matter of need but of decision, and once a person decides to be corrupt he or she can't ever get enough.
Base salary for cops good but not high. They get there through overtime. What happens is that they can retire after 20 years at half-pay; typically calculated bsed on youplane highest threerecommendation years ofof salary. So thethe gamesecond is tothe hump overtime for threethe years, doubling your 70K salary. Then retiret and get a second career while the taxpayers pay you for the next 40 years, since you are only 45 or so at retirement.
Meanwhile; watch football and vote for Romney.
American life; American dream.
(Note: this trooper had 18 in so he was starting the overtime hump period.)
I've seen it argued that cops, like leading mainstream news writers, should be paid less money to encourage them to identify with ordinary people. Since they tend to be paid well over the median income even in high-income cities, they can be expected to see themselves as defenders of the prosperous.
Meanwhile we have a San Francisco sheriff's deputy accused of robbing a bank: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/SF-deputy-pleads-not-guilty-to-robbing-bank-4068193.php
Sometimes these tales of abrupt line-crossing turn up in the monthly disbarment listings too. I wonder if it's corruption exactly or more like sisterhood under the skin.