Grace of the state???/

Posted by Kymberly on April 23, 2000

Can you tell me the meaning of the phrase "the grace of the state"? I believe it is a relatively old phrase with regards to the level of respect one has for his or her job.....I heard it the other day, regarding a policeman and his failure to do his job with integrity. I THINK that is the exact phrase, if this is not it and you know the correct phrase, I would appreciate it.
Thank you