An eagle-eyed police officer dubbed the “Memory Police” has used his mind-blowing facial recognition skills to catch 2,100 suspects, including those wearing face masks.
Andy Pope from England has a photographic memory, which means he can remember faces from CCTV images years after he has seen them.
His incredible skill has seen him indict suspects for crimes ranging from robbery, indecent exposure, sexual assault, and attempted murder since 2012.
The super recognizer, who says his ability is “impossible to explain” but credits “instinct” with being right, had detected 1,000 criminals in 2018.
Last year, his skill led to 406 people being captured, including 16 in just one day, and he has now surpassed the milestone of 2000 during 2020.
The 43-year-old has managed to catch more than a hundred suspects this year and has even identified wanted criminals who wore masks during the pandemic.
Andy, who works for the West Midlands Police, says he has continued to rely on instinct to catch criminals even though covering his face makes them harder to catch than ever.
His skill has led the officer to a finalist in the Amplifon Awards for Brave Britons 2020 Against All Odds category. Winners in some of the other categories included the Manchester United soccer star and the ‘Free Meals for Men’ hero. children ‘Marcus Rashford, as well as NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Averaging one recognition every other turn, he also became one of the first 20 people in the world to join the Association of Super Recognizers in recognition of his sharp ability.
He said: “Although it has been a year like no other, I have still continued as usual with the same preparation in one shift.
“The most important thing is being able to help catch criminals and keep the public safe, especially given the year that has passed.”
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