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Are you dumb enough to be a cop? Smart people need not apply!

  1. Potter
    A man whose bid to become a police officer was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test has lost an appeal in his federal lawsuit against the city.

    The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

    “This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,” Jordan said today from his Waterford home. “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”

    He said he does not plan to take any further legal action.

    Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London police interviewed only candidates who scored 20 to 27, on the theory that those who scored too high could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training.

    Most Cops Just Above Normal The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.

    Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.

    But the U.S. District Court found that New London had “shown a rational basis for the policy.” In a ruling dated Aug. 23, the 2nd Circuit agreed. The court said the policy might be unwise but was a rational way to reduce job turnover.

    Jordan has worked as a prison guard since he took the test.

    NEW LONDON, Conn., Sept. 8, 2000


  1. Akanaro
    Well you obviously don't want the enforcers of the law to be smarter than the makers of the law, do you? :p

    On a serious note though, I guess it is possible that overly smart cops would also be more tempted to abuse their authority to pursue their own agenda or get involved in all sorts of criminal schemes because they got bored.
  2. reef88
    What about other careers? Not every smart person in the world is a scientist. There are tons of smart people who have normal jobs, that doesn't mean they are gonna get tired of it or abuse it.

    I wonder if today he is still a prison guard.
  3. BitterSweet
    Wow, I think this guy definitely received an injustice, and that really doesn't look good on police departments. Is this just a policy in New York or do other states have this? In Canada I'm pretty there is nothing like that. Although unrelated it kind of reminds me of how insurance companies can automatically charge young male drivers more for car insurance; my insurance is so cheap but a male of my same age could get charged like $600/month for car insurance, and this is based on statistics that show young male drivers get in the most accidents. So understandably males are pissed about this, especially when all males claim to be better drivers than women, or that the statistics don't take into account that maybe there are more men drivers on the road and thus it makes sense there are more men than women in driving accidents. Either way, the insurance companies are allowed to do this based on statistics, and it seems like this police policy operates the same way, that there is enough historical evidence of higher IQ people leaving the police force that they can legally do this. It's very controversial when you look at it; on one hand, the police force is trying to protect their interests with preserving resources for people who are most likely to stay with them, but on the other hand, there are definitely people who will go against that exception that will never even get the chance to show so. It seems that higher IQ people are stuck in this boat, because they can't really change the statistics of higher IQ people are essentially no longer being given a chance. Police policy should at least allow for a few exceptions so that whatever historical trends exist can have the chance of being changed.
  4. Akanaro
    Well statistics certainly do seem to validate the news article in question and lend credibility to the public opinion that police persons in general, are rather dim witted, aggressive and blundering fools. If one looks at all the unsolved crimes recorded, as well as the on-going inability of police to prevent or, at least, reduce crime as seen from recent crime statistics, it is all too clear that they need to perhaps consider increasing the acceptance standard as far as intellect goes. :p
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