Originally Posted by brokencycle
Plus all the other benefits: social status, a feeling of importance and authority, etc
Early retirement, good pensions, easy to manipulate overtime rules, getting to feel like a big man.
Slightly off topic: law enforcement has the highest incidence of obesity of any profession, over 50%.
This shows how you end up with a culture of protecting the guys with the badges. You might need their support later, and they're sure as hell not going to be objective about their own. When every layer of the process has to think like that, it creates perverse incentives that lead to weak prosecution of police officers who done bad shit.