The national average IQ score for police officers is just a little above average. If you score high on the IQ test, don't expect to get hired.
Most companies want the best for the job. Best usually means brightest. Unless you're applying to be a police officer. Then best means average. Robert Jordan found this out when he applied to become a police officer. His bid was rejected after he scored too high on an intelligence test.
He then tried to sue, claiming discrimination, and lost.
A U.S. District Court decided that the city of New London, Connecticut was well within its right not to hire Robert Jordan. ABC reports the police force has found that candidates "who scored too high" on the test "could get bored with police work and leave soon after undergoing costly training." Therefore, to avoid high turnover rates, anyone with an above average IQ is disqualified.
Robert Jordan sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.
“I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else,” Jordan explained.
According to the U.S. District Court, 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, and everyone who participated in taking the IQ test was held to the same standard.
Jordan has worked as a prison guard since he took the test. Apparently, his IQ, which is 125 (and is classified as superior) didn't hold him back.
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