Some people will always seek power and wealth. If they have one, but not the other, then they will use what they have to gain the other.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
Is there a serious problem with police violating the law and their professional standards for profit? No, not really; it happens, but at very low rates.
Is there a problem with the law and the professional standards of law enforcement being inherently corrupt? Yes, absolutely.
It isn't the police we need to be crucifying.
The key thing to remember when creating a governmental system is that every single position which wields any level of control and is filled by a human is a window for possible corruption to enter the system. Thus checks and balances. Thus 3 separate but (theoretically) equal branches of government.
And every single voter is ALSO a chance for corruption to enter the system, intentionally or unintentionally. Thus representative republic, instead of direct voting. Thus, originally, the senators were selected by the state congress, rather than direct vote ( I think?)
Layers of insulation between voters and decisions, to prevent "mob rule" (a form of corruption).
Edit: Thus I get slightly pissed at people who complain that the politicians are not listening to the voters...in a way, they're right...but in another way, that's how we got where we are today.
Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering. ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
It's alot better than in previous decades. It's bad at times, but on average, not that serious. Work to be done though on that front, it's no laughing matter.
"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
It's not common wisdom that when in police custody one can simply bribe their way out of a hassle, unlike, say, Russia or Mexico. Certainly not saying that corruption isn't a thing, only that it's no so much a thing that its ubiquity has bled into the mainstream.