On average for what they do and the dangerous aspects of their profession policemen and women do not earn what they are worth. In the early stages of their careers the average in this area can run between 30k and 40k. Remember you have policemen and women as well as sheriff departments etc.
They make a decent salary, but they also receive a retirement pension. My brother lives off of that and his social security and lives pretty well. His wife can still draw it in the event of his passing away.