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This has happened before, though I cannot recall which agency. I do not watch Oprah-type shows on purpose, but once upon a time, probably in a waiting room somewhere, a talk show was playing, and the guest was a guy suing a PD because he was rejected based on his high IQ.
Why? Well, for one thing, police patrol is hours of boredom, with moments of terror. The theory is that high-IQ people don't deal too well with the boredom. Another thing I have noticed is that police agencies, like all bureaucracies, tend to promote people to their level of incompetence, and high-IQ people tend to not get along with incompetent leaders, and of course, incompetent leaders hate it when their subordinates are smarter than themselves. Thirdly, it takes tens of thousands of dollars to train a police cadet/rookie, and many agencies feel that high-IQ people are just using the PD as a stepping stone to something higher, like the FBI, rather than staying for the long haul.
BTW, don't think that high IQ = good spur-of-the-moment decisions. It does not. Some highly intelligent people can only come to a good decision after thinking something to death. This is just my opinion, but it is based not just on what I have heard, but also somewhat on experience. I have a rather high IQ, and think this to be so. Learning to make good, quick decisions was an uphill battle for a while. FWIW, the PD which hired me did not give me an IQ test.
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