Well, history is a great teacher, when the shit hits the fan you discover that the state classes all its citizens into groups, po-lice, army, guys-who-keep-the-lights-on, farmers, peasants, others.
Not all these classes are valued equally, think of it as a family with ten kids, but only enough money to feed three of them, and at that point you have 3 wolves and 7 sheep deciding what to have for dinner.
I believe the commenter was missing a vital question / point, was it SOLELY money that induced these citizens to join the po-lice in the first fucking place, if the answer is yes, you are living in 1950, because it was the only / best job a demobbed soldier with no pre-war trade could get, if you are living today, the answer is no.
In my experience 99% of po-lice today join the “force” to get themselves a slice of that force, so when TSHTF and the monthly salary is toilet paper, their reasons for being in the “force” are actually reinforced, not demolished.
In WW2 some of the “best”, e.g. roughest and most violent and nasty, troops were recruited from the slum-lands of the Gorbals in Glasgow, genteel and affluent Cirencester was where you went looking for the officer class, so I will ask you agin which one of these two you are likely to have banging at your door, or demanding you step out of the vehicle, or some such.
You don’t recruit uneducated and impoverished callous and callow youths into ANY institution, unless your intention is to build a cadre of jackbooted thugs.
Now look again at who, and where from, the po-lice, TSA, et al are recruiting, look at the entrance exams and how difficult they are to pass intellectually, look at the calibre of the raw material.
“You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear“… if the aim was to have very high standards, for what it costs in time and money and materiel to remake one trailer park trash, you could train up three middle class applicants, if the aim is to create jackbooted thugs, then you don’t want the middle classes, educated, intelligent or moralistic anywhere near the process.
It is a literal truth that the average English peasant at the very dawn of the age of Steam was better educated than the average po-lice today.
You end up with a KGB or a Stasi, the citizens are queuing around the block for bread, the po-lice help themselves to the bread and the bakers wife and daughters, and there is nobody else to complain to comrade.
Amerika meanwhile still has the draft, they don’t even need to reintroduce it, and the great thing about the draft is, the instant your ass is drafted, you just lost 999 legal protections and gained 1 big fuck off obey or get fucked daddy.
The paper you are paid in ain’t worth shit, but at least you get to eat, or eat better than the sheeple, you get better weapons than the sheeple, all your violence against the sheeple is approved by the state, and you get company, the Stanford prison experiment, where nobody was paid either, writ large.
The commenter who asked the question did not specify why, so it would be wrong to assume he was hoping that when the currency collapsed the po-lice / army etc would just go home, but if he or anyone else was thinking or hoping that is what would happen, I believe they will be in for a very rude awakening indeed.
Remember, the third light is unlucky…