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Police Officers Wanted, Critical Thinkers Need Not Apply

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It’s no secret that many police officers are lacking in the critical thinking department. This makes sense as the state want thugs to enforce their rules instead of individuals dedicated to seeking justice for those who have been wronged. In fact potentially officers are being rejected because they’re scoring to high on intelligence tests:

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.

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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.

Emphasis mine. I believe the real theory is people scoring higher on intelligence tests are more likely to think critically about what they’re doing and decide to either seek more honorable employment or fight for legal reform. The state doesn’t want people who will question orders or currently established laws, they want dumb brutes who will do exactly as they’re told.

It’s sad to see intelligence isn’t seen as a virtue when hiring a police officer.

Written by Christopher Burg

January 2nd, 2012 at 11:00 am