A Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) with an insane photographic memory is being honored for identifying nearly 250 suspects between 2008 and 2012.
Andy Pope, 34, from England, was given a “Putting the Public First Award” last week for recognizing a suspect in August 2012 — an entire year after being shown the man’s image, the Daily Mail reported. The “Memory Man,” as he’s come to be known, was able to memorize wanted fugitives’ faces just from seeing them on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage, according to the Birmingham Mail.
“A lot of offenders do pass through the city at some point and, when they do, I want to be able to recognize them,” Pope told the paper. “I get into work 30 minutes before my shift starts and scan police systems to see if any new wanted faces have been added, and I’ll maybe have another look at lunch as a refresher.”
According to the Telegraph, between August 2011 and August 2012, Pope identified 150 suspects – equivalent to one every other shift.
In this year so far, he’s already identified another 67 suspects, according to the Daily Mail.
“I don’t think I’ve got any special gift,”he told the Birmingham Mail last year, when he made headlines for his talent. “Just a knack for remembering faces.”