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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.
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.
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Guess the term "best and brightest" is lost on some PDs.
I know it would make me feel all warm and fuzzy to know my town was turning away the smart guys/gals for fear of them getting bored and instead went with the average types.....thank goodness most other lines of work don't follow this ideal.