Birmingham 'memory cop' Andy Pope spots 2,000 suspects
A police officer with a remarkable talent for remembering faces has now identified more than 2,000 suspects. West Midlands Police PCSO Andy Pope says he can remember faces for years and has even been able to single out wanted people wearing face coverings. The 43-year-old was recognised by the force's chief constable in 2018 when he passed the 1,000 milestone and is now aiming to reach 2,500 by 2022.
Mr Pope, from Redditch, said his talent was "impossible to explain". "It's just an instinct that it is the person and thankfully it's proven right," the PCSO, nicknamed "memory man" by colleagues, said.
His record for the most suspects identified in one day was 17 and he was once able to recognise a man in a restaurant while waiting at traffic lights.
Mr Pope joined the force in 2012 and is one of only 20 members of the Association of Super Recognisers, a body representing those with excellent memory capabilities and which wants the skill to be recognised as a branch of forensic science.
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Who needs facial recognition software when you have people like this guy who walk among us?