Two links to stories on the Freakonomics blog regarding how to adequately compensate the people who keep us safe: soldiers and cops.
Restore the Draft? What a Bad Idea
New theory on how to get good prospective soldiers to enlist: pay them properly*.
In Case You Think Police Officers are Overpaid
This article also reminded me that paying officers a good wage would encourage competition and get the best applicants. Additionally, bribery would be less of an issue if cops made a good wage.
*In an unrelated and immature thought, I used to remember how to spell 'properly' by noting that 'pp' is improper.