Where do police officers get their money?
They are employed by the city or county in which they work; they would be on that city or county's payroll.
Police personnel are the people who makes up the police force. This includes the officers, staff, police community officers, and volunteer officers. Added: The above description applies ONLY to SWORN Law Enforcement Officers. Civilian personnel and others employed by the police are considered police department support personnel, and have no special powers.
Several reasons; however, the primary is that there are a lot more police officers than professional athletes. If you have more people on the payroll (especially government payroll), you have to pay everyone less in order to account for the money spent. Another reason is that police officers are paid by the government, while athletes are paid by a wealthy private industry.