There are many qualities and skills needed to become an officer, but apparently, being smart is not one of them – it’s official.

A US man who has had his application to join the police force rejected because he scored too highly on an intelligence test has lost his lawsuit against the city.

The Court of Appeals in New York upheld a lower court’s decision that the city did not discriminate against Robert Jordan because the same standards were applied to everyone who took the test.

Jordan, a 49 year old college graduate scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125, but the police force he applied to only accept 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.

Jordan said: “I maintain you have no more control over your basic intelligence than your eye color or your gender or anything else.”

Jordan alleged his rejection from the police force was discrimination. He sued the city, saying his civil rights were violated because he was denied equal protection under the law.

But the Judge at the Court of Appeal said that although he conceded the policy of the police force might be “unwise” he concluded that it was a rational way to reduce job turnover.

Jordan has since taken up a job as a prison guard.

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