Police IQ Tests

23:56 Thu 12 Jun 2008. Updated: 01:09 13 Jun 2008
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I do pluralize in the header, partly because I don’t believe that this story about upper limits on a police IQ test is an isolated case. Partly because, despite my lack of faith in IQ tests, it just seems like a poetic explanation of rather a lot…

I’m sure that there are justifications for not letting someone who scores above a certain IQ on the test become a police officer, but I have serious doubts that any of them are valid, at least not in terms of the public conception of what a police force is supposed to do/be. Intelligence is certainly superfluous for a lot of the actual functions of those forces, but that’s not a story you find too often in the mainstream.

Incidentally, I think the following paragraph is priceless:

Judge Dorsey ruled that Mr. Jordan was not denied equal protection because the city of New London applied the same standard to everyone: anyone who scored too high was rejected.

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