(St. Louis County, MO) – Law enforcement officials in St. Louis County, Missouri have drastically lowered the max IQ-cap for all newly hired police officers. What that means for hopeful flat-foots is a limit on how intelligent they can be before receiving a gun and badge.
County officials cite the change in policy as a way to contend with new challenges in today’s ultra-violent society. Sheriff of St. Louis County, Barry Greere gave reporters the following statement during a press conference on Wednesday:
“We need officers who aren’t going to second-guess the orders given to them. Multiple Harvard studies have shown that individuals with higher levels of intelligence are more prone to corruption and violence towards innocent civilians. This is simply a risk we cannot afford to bring amongst our ranks. The less our officers question the experienced commands of their superiors, the safer we are all going to be as a community.”
Lawmakers dropped the maximum IQ requirements a whole 30 points from an average score of 90 to 60; 60 being only marginally higher than that of a person with down-syndrome.
The Less Our Officers Question The Experienced Orders Of Their Superiors, The Safer We Are All Going To Be As A Community
St. Louis County officials tell us that they have no intention of firing any previously hired officers whose IQ’s currently exceed the minimum. They will, however, be reassigned duties within’ the force.
This controversial move mirrors an instance in New London, Connecticut where their own police force agreed to a similar policy.
“Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took the exam in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. 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.”
While the courts didn’t necessarily feel it was in the police force’s best interest, New London Police Department’s defense council were able to successfully argue a rational explanation for the policy, citing an increase in job turnovers due to some officers being over qualified for the force.
Whatever the case may be, St. Louis County law enforcement officials will assuredly be getting a whole lot stupider in the coming months. They’ve put out a cattle call for new officers through multiple recruitment channels and are expected to sign on 200 new employees by the end of next year.
Jane M. Agni (2014, August 21)
Originally Published On National Report