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U.S. Justice Department Wants
"Dumbed Down" Cops (06/13/97)
"The Justice Department's
Civil Rights Division has been pressuring police forces across the country to abandon
"cognitive" entrance exams [exams based upon mental ability, reasoning skills,
and intelligence], which test for basic reading, writing, memory and reasoning skills.
"The Department argues that
such tests are illegal because they exclude too many minorities from police ranks.
Cognitive test supporters say the tests are needed to assure that officers have the mental
skills to make quick decisions about everything from the constitutional rights of suspects
to the use of deadly force.
"As of 1993, some 83 percent
of large city and county police forces used cognitive tests in hiring -- but that may be
about to change. After years of pressure from the Justice Department, Nassau County,
N.Y., agreed to replace its cognitive-based entrance exam with one that was based on
personality -- in which applicants had to score only as well as the bottom 1 (one) percent
of current police officers on a reading exam.
"Critics charge that the whole effort to achieve "diversity" in police
ranks is leading to such absurdities as recruiting on street corners in the poorest
neighborhoods, rather than going to the top black colleges for new people.
bureaucrats also hopped on officials in Suffolk County, N.Y., claiming that its test
allowed too few minorities to get police jobs. It charged that if the test were race
neutral, top scorers would have included 249 more new blacks, 170 more Hispanics and 447
"Police officials in other areas of the country are also feeling heat from Justice's
civil rights crusaders, critics report.
"The Louisiana State Police
was forced to water-down its cognitive tests to the point where that portion was
"minuscule," leaving the test "no better than chance," according to
experts. However the city of Torrance, Cal., fought back after being sued by Justice
for not abandoning its cognitive tests
and refusing demands that it set up a multi-million dollar fund to compensate alleged
victims of its test -- with the result that it won its case, but Justice is now appealing
"One test development company
points out that trials are often decided on the basis of the arresting officer's written
report or oral testimony, which is "pure, unadulterated mental ability."
(Via the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), from Investor's Business Daily,
06/13/97, by David A. Price, "Dumbing Down the Police Force")
'Dumb cop' rule really
A federal court has determined that in New London, Connecticut, the police were justified
in denying employment to an applicant who was too smart to be a policeman.
Yep, he was too smart for the New London police force.
The Atlanta Mobile Register writes "Police throughout the country should be enraged,
because the policy at issue in this case feeds the unfortunate stereotype of the
"dumb cop." For that matter, the citizens of New London, Conn., should be
enraged, too, because it is their police department that is ensuring that the officers who
serve the public are of only average intelligence. The policy is inane.
"The case began when Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, applied for the
New London police force. When he took the entrance exam, he scored 33 points - which
indicates an IQ of about 125. But the department only considers candidates who score
between 20 and 27, with 20 representing an IQ of about 100, which is supposed to be
"The department's theory is that those who score too high could get bored with police
work and leave soon after receiving costly training.
"Mr. Jordan sued, saying that he was the victim of illegal discrimination. Two
federal courts have now refused to uphold his claim, though, saying that because the same
standards were applied to all applicants, no illegal discrimination occurred. The courts
also ruled that even though the policy might be unwise - we would say flat-out stupid - it
was at least arguably a rational way to reduce expensive job turnover."
(Atlanta Mobile Register 09/11/00)
Too Smart to Be a
The Associated Press reported the following case from New London, Connecticut:
"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 courts
decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same
standards were applied to everyone who took the test."
In 1996, Jordan scored 33 points on the police exam which is the equivalent of an IQ of
125 (well above average, but 15 points short of the traditional "genius" cutoff
"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."
Associated Press reports that the national average for police officers is an IQ of 104, or
slightly above average.
The U.S. District Court ruled the New London police had a reasonable explanation for their
policy of rejecting applicants who were too intelligent -- they might get easily bored and
leave the job after receiving costly training. On August 23, 2000 the Second Circuit
Robert Jordan has been working as a prison guard since his rejection by New London
police. Apparently prison authorities don't care of Jordan is too intelligent for
the guard job; or maybe prison guards have to be smarter than police recruits.
(Associated Press as published by ABC News 09/08/00)