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Old 08-15-08, 05:48 PM   #1
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Too smart to be a cop?

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Old 08-15-08, 05:51 PM   #2
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Based on that idiot in NYC shoving that bike rider, I think they need the opposite standard.
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Old 08-15-08, 07:00 PM   #3
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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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Besides the fact that IQ is something of a flawed standard of intelligence (it only measures one's capacity to learn, anyway), I can agree with the last post.

Smart people aren't necessarily as fast. I know I'm intelligent, but when deciding on something, I need time to think it through. People who act on their feet can make decisions very quickly. That's not so much a matter of intelligence as it is a matter of reaction and how fast they can process information and come to a conclusion about it.
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They definitely have an IQ bracket that they shoot for.

I once took the local sheriff's Dept. written exam, and scored very high. They called me in for the oral, and told me straight up that I would probably be pretty bored being a sheriff and that "we" would both be best served if I looked for something else.

In retrospect, I think they did me a huge favor. New deputies are required to spend the first 2-3 years working in detention, and I don't know as I would have wanted to be immersed into the worst humanity has to offer for that long a time. I'm cynical enough as it is.
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Old 08-15-08, 10:21 PM   #6
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Besides the fact that IQ is something of a flawed standard of intelligence (it only measures one's capacity to learn, anyway), I can agree with the last post.

Smart people aren't necessarily as fast. I know I'm intelligent, but when deciding on something, I need time to think it through. People who act on their feet can make decisions very quickly. That's not so much a matter of intelligence as it is a matter of reaction and how fast they can process information and come to a conclusion about it.

i don't think it measures the ability to learn. i got a 125 iq score on 4 hours of sleep and anytime i try to learn anything where i have to remember precise informantion rather quickly, like in a science or language class, i flop, big time. i think it measures more the ability to comprehend and analyze.
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Old 08-15-08, 10:28 PM   #7
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You are all wrong! IQ tests really measure only one thing...ability to take IQ tests.
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d'oh. a professor told me that once, basically.
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