I happen to have a number of friends and acquaintances who have become police officers, and without exception they did so for the same reason I joined the Navy. A deep abiding respect for the good things this society has to offer and a desire to ensure that it will continue to offer those things in the future, coupled with the willingness to put ones own life on the line to ensure that happens.
I have no doubt that there are many "Cops" out there who are willing to be abusive of the power situation they have over any citizen, though I would imagine that much of that arises from the constant uncertainty in any situation that they may be involved in (remember that Officers have been shot at "routine" traffic stops.)
Just my 2 cents
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