(McCormick, SC) – Law enforcement officials in McCormick County, South Carolina have drastically lowered the maximum IQ cap-off for all newly hired police officers. What that means for hopeful flat shoes is a limit on how intelligent they can be before receiving a gun and badge.
City officials cite the change in policy as a way to contend with new challenges in today’s ultra-violent society. Sheriff of McCormick County, Bobo Greere gave reporters the following statement at a press conference 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. It 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.”
Law makers dropped the maximum IQ requirements a whole 30 points from an average score of 90 to 60, an IQ that is 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
McCormick 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 by the McCormick police force mirrors an instance in New London, Connecticut where their own police force agreed upon 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 argue a rational explanation for the policy, pointing to a decline in job turn over from having too highly qualified an officer on the force.
Whatever the case may be, McCormick’s police force is assured to get 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 (2013, November 25)
Originally Published On National Report