Court Upholds City’s Right to Ban High IQ Applicants for Police Academy
January 8th, 2012
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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.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court‚Äôs decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.
‚ÄúThis kind of puts an official face on discrimination in America against people of a certain class,‚ÄĚ Jordan said today from his Waterford home. ‚ÄúI maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.‚ÄĚ
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.
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