long been rumored amongst law enforcement critics, but did you know
that police departments officially disqualify high-scoring
applicants? That’s not to say that all cops are stupid… Just that
if you’re too smart, the police simply won’t hire you.
policy became solidified as a concrete federal ruling almost a decade
and a half ago with little fanfare from the mainstream media. Back in
1999, a Federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a police applicant who
was barred from the New London, Connecticut police force. The reason
for the disqualification was literally because he had scored “too
high” on an intelligence test. The department made it clear, they
didn’t want the bottom of the barrel in terms of intelligence, but
they didn’t want anyone “too smart” either.
ruling made public in September of the same year, with the ruling
judge Peter C. Dorsey of the United States District Court in New
Haven confirming that it was in fact the case that the plaintiff,
Robert Jordan, 48, who has a bachelor’s degree in literature, was
denied an opportunity to even interview for a job with the New London
Police Department, solely because of his high test scores.
Dorsey, however, ruled that Mr. Jordan that there was no protection
offered to intelligent people from discriminatory hiring practices by
individual police departments. Why? Because, Dorsey explained, it was
proven that police departments held all to this same standard and
thus rejected all applicants who scored high.
next time you cross paths with a cop and wonder how someone so stupid
could get hired by their department, you now know that their
stupidity might be the very thing that qualified them for the job.