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    That's right. They want people who are too dumb to accurately assess a situation instantly. Just follow orders. That's the training. "All that constitutional stuff is above my head. I let my boss worry about that complicated stuff.". Kinda sucks though...damn I don't qualify to be a police officer. Apparently, not even if I wanted to be.
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    @tomincali even read when this came out a guy with learning disabilities hire a tutor so he could learn and pass that test. says alot about the likes of sotmayor. wonder if that how they would pick the heart or brain surgeon or would that call for the best of the best.
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    So now you can legally be rejected for employment for being too smart. Hmmmm.

    One wonders what the lowest score you can get and still be considered for employment.

    And the dumbing down of America continues.
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    @AntiPorcheria - The rightwingnuts want only the ignorant as cops because they're willing to blindly follow orders, willing to commit acts of violence against innocent people who aren't committing crimes.

    Just one example is the pigs in California broke the law by deliberately covering up their names and badge numbers. They then proceeded to violently assault peaceful OWS protesters who were sitting on the ground, not committing any crimes. Of course, that's been true of nearly every police state action against OWS protesters....
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    @MolonLabe I will never contact them unless I have to... I would rather call my neighbor who will get their faster than the cops. The cops are there to throw people (often peaceful people) in cages over politician and lobbyist scribbles on paper... fuck that!

    I just wish there were choice-based/private protection services I could employ.... too bad the violent monopoly/government makes them illegal not to mention steals my money so I can't divert my resources to an honest operation that has an incentive to protect me,... unlike the violent monopoly/government.
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    I was surprised once by a friend of mine who was a cop when he said, "Cops are stupid." When I started to protest, he said, "No, really. If they were smart they would do something else."
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    Forget being a patrolman, join the military and try for Special Forces then freelance as a security consultant. Ooops, just gave away the moneymaking path.
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    High IQ people are constantly persecuted in all areas. No one wants us because they claim we get bored too quickly and won't stay around more than a few years. I had no idea that this was going on until I took a IQ test at a job interview and my headhunter screamed at me on the phone to purposely miss a few from that moment on. Unless you are going in for NASA then forget about letting them know about your high IQ but what in the hell is wrong with the police for denying a 125? He couldn't even get into the little brained Mensa. That's just a little over average.
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    They evidently don't want intelligent officers, so lower the standards so we are inclusive of minorities. I also take offense to other posts that indicate minorities have lower IQ scores, that statement indicates minorities are not capable of higher thought processes which is totally incorrect. We have a Black President and his IQ is not low, he is very intelligent, just uses it for bad purposes.
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    @Yank
    "
    This article's factual accuracy is disputed.(October 2012)
    The neutrality of this article is disputed.(October 2012)
    This article may be unbalanced towards certain viewpoints.(October 2012)"

    Even the difference noted in the disputed biased studies are insignificant when speaking about high IQs. It's like comparing a batter hitting .213 to a batter hitting .218 in a discussion about players that hit over .400.
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    @Yank

    You like Wiki,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Philippe_Rush...

    Read the favorable section and then take a week and absorb the massive unfavorable section. The guy was a fraud that was proven without a doubt to be a fraud. You cannot trust the untrustable, it'd be like believing something from the John Locke foundation, it might as well be from The Onion.
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    If I'm going to give you a badge and a gun and the right to arrest I want to be sure that that person can actually figure out what is going on and not be stupid. On the other hand if the cops are smart then they would surely turn against the politicians that try to run their departments into the ground by exposing them and the power base cannot have that. So I guess having dumb sheep as police officers would serve those who are in control the best.
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    My G_d, hire only persons with lower IQ's? I want the most intelligent individuals possible in patrol cars cursing my streets. IQ relates to being able to learn new ideas and concepts as well as being able to solve problems. Now I can understand why New London has some lower end intelligence officers, they do what they are told without using reason and intelligence, they want robots.
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    Actually it's average IQ's. They're not hiring dumbasses. They're just not hiring rocket scientists either. This has been well known for years. I'm suprised it took this long to get through the courts.
    They're not wrong. Intelligent people are more likely to get bored with such an occupation. Not all of them but certainly higher than average.
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    @frigginhell but they, with their average IQ, can drive around with an ASSAULT RIFLE in the car but the rest of us cant own one?.....dude i have taken an IQ test twice in life... got a 118 once and a 120 the other. I am no where near a "rocket scientist". But i am only 5-7 points behind this guy that got rejected..... 104 is pretty damn low.... you are right. It is "average"... but that aint exactly a high bar.
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    @frigginhell - 125 isn't exactly rocket science level, either. What about homicide detectives? Don't they want those officers to have higher than average IQ? Sigh ... I think we all need to watch the movie "Idiocracy" again.
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    @Denizen_Kate My original post actually asked about detectives but it was to wordy and the article didn't really say. I'll assume hopefully they have higher standards.
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    @AMSCountryboy You would have still tested out of their range. 115 is the average for a college grad and that would also place them outside of the allowed range. There is something wrong when they won't even look at the average college grad.
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    This is the dumbest thing I ever heard of! Not only is a higher I.Q. valuable in making decisive decisions on the street, it is paramount for successful detective work.
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    That they will get bored with the job and leave is a bunch of garbage. The truth is cops with high IQs make the people at the top of the chain of command feel very inadequate and insecure. So, they don't want to hire anyone with superior intelligence. There REALLY are intelligent people out there that want to serve, to pay forward. I won't say they're in the majority, but they are out there.
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    I have a brother who is a cop. I'm sure he'll be pleased when I tell him they probably passed over a lot of smart guys in order to settle on him.
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    This article must be horribly wrong. Today's police are not at all like the police of two decades ago. Nothing anyone could say could get me to believe that any of today's police have IQs anywhere near a hundred let alone a hundred and four.
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    I respect the police in most circumstances. Higher IQs of some ,if thats the profession they choose to follow should not be a reason to disqualify an applicant.
  • #81
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    Limiting smart police has been a huge success!
    Most cops I know are dumb as a ham sammich.
    *but alittle smarter than a cantaloupe*
  • #37
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    they sure haven't ruled out government employees for having high IQ's .
    We have a bunch of imbeciles running the country. This makes no sense,
    but since when has that mattered?...
  • #33
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    Slow news day?

    However, Law enforcement, Only want low educated low value voters to become do as your told jack booted thugs.
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