“Police are inevitably corrupted. ... Police always observe that criminals prosper. It takes a pretty dull policeman to miss the fact that the position of authority is the most prosperous criminal position available.”
~ Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
I heard a funny story this week about a thief. I think the story inadvertently says a lot about the state of the police force in Sri Lanka. Anyway, the story goes... there was this thief running away from the scene of his crime with his stolen loot and was being pursued by a policeman. After seeing the policeman in pursuit, the thief ran even faster. Just as the policeman saw that he was about to lose the thief he yelled out "Hold on. Wait! I'm not going to arrest you. I just want my cut from your stolen loot."
Now you may be laughing at the story, but I think you'll find a few people here who would say this is probably a true story or it doesn't fall far from reality.