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Old 07-16-2002, 10:17 AM   #1
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Oh...those silly policemen

A very good friend of mine has been trying to get into the police academy. He has been top of the class for the tests and physical aspects but heres the kicker...

he did the IQ test and he's TOO smart to be a police officer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the same in the states as I remember seeing Michael Moore making fun of it.

Can somebody please explain the logic of this?

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Old 07-16-2002, 10:29 AM   #2
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my sister is going to school to become a forensic investigator. she has been ont he dean's list since her sophomore year and is already planning on going ot grad school and everything. perhaps i will call her and ask what the hell is up with this.

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you do that...maybe she'll know
But I think it just applies to normal policemen!
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Old 07-16-2002, 10:35 AM   #4
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Thats very random and stupid!!!!
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Old 07-16-2002, 05:05 PM   #5
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I talked to my husband about this (cop for 17 years, now retired) and he has heard of this happening. In his opinion, cops with extreme intelligence tend to over-analyze a situation instead of acting on instinct, which can be dangerous on the street.

That made me wonder if this could be true so I did a little research and found this news story, which gives another theory.


Too Smart to Be a Cop
Court: Barring High IQs from Policing Isn’t Discrimination

The Associated Press
N E W L O N D O N, Conn., Sept. 8 — 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.

Copyright 2000 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Old 07-16-2002, 06:12 PM   #6
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Its absolutely insane to denie somebody a job because they have an IQ which is too high.

It is possible to be too smart to be a cop!!!?!?!?!?! what a load of bullshit.

those who scored too high could get bored with police work
what the hell is this all about. Above average IQ persons usually go for jobs like accountant or professor...can you tell me these are more exiting than being a police officer!?!?!


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