Thursday, July 11, 2013

Smart People Need Not Apply

http://abcnews.go.com/US/court-oks-barring-high-iqs-cops/story?id=95836#.Udu3RjugVfZ

A city has said they don't want to hire people as police officers if they have a high IQ because they will be bored on the job and leave soon after they are hired.  The agency is doing that to avoid the expense of hiring someone who won't stay very long.  The courts have said this is a legal procedure.

Legal or not, it's a dumb idea.  What happened to the idea that we want to hire the best and the brightest for public service?  What happened to the idea that we should strive for excellence in everything we do?  Perhaps if you have employees who are smart they will find innovative solutions to perform the job.  Maybe they would be smart enough to realize that there are better ways to solve crimes, catch criminals, prevent crimes from happening.

If your loved one was murdered would you want some average guy as the homicide detective or a genius?  Perhaps if you have high IQ employees a good supervisor could groom them to work as investigators, or promote rapidly to become supervisors and managers.  Having a chief of police who is a smart person might be a good idea; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

Wow, I've never been told I was too smart for a job.

Mike Creek said...

I worked with you a couple times and I never thought you were too smart. Although you were smart enough to leave California while you still could.
Bunkermeister

Protect_and_Serve said...

Thanks, I think.

Mike Creek said...

There you go, thinking again...
Bunkermeister