This is not the first time I've seen a story like this, it is apparently
typical hiring policy for police in many areas. Let's face it, they want a
dumbed-down police force that's just smart enough to follow orders. We just
can't have our police thinking too much or questioning procedure!
This story says that the average I.Q. for a cop is 104, if that is accurate
it means there are thousands of police with I.Q.'s in the 80-100 range. Is
it any surprise then that incidents of police brutality and abuses upon
citizens (as well as the Constitution) are now so frequent?
A US man has been rejected in his bid to become a police officer for
scoring too high on an intelligence test.
Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took an exam to join the
New London police, in Connecticut, 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.
Mr Jordan launched a federal lawsuit against the city, but lost.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court's
decision that the city did not discriminate against Mr Jordan because the
same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
He said: "This kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America
against people of a certain class. I maintain you have no more control over
your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything
He said he does not plan to take any further legal action and has worked
as a prison guard since he took the test.
The average score nationally for police officers is 21 to 22, the
equivalent of an IQ of 104, or just a little above average.