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Andy's got eyes on the prize as our top 'memory man' is honoured

An observant officer who is known as the ’memory man’ after identifying more than 1,000 crime suspects in five years has been recognised with a top West Midlands Police award.

PCSO Andy Pope has established a reputation for his remarkable ability to remember faces of people wanted by the force.

Memory man - Andy Pope
Deputy Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe hands Andy his award

The West Midlands Police officer is part of the Safer Travel Partnership and his special talent has seen him spot suspects for offences ranging from robbery, burglary, drug dealing and sexual assault. 

The 40-year-old remembers faces from CCTV footage, stills and police briefings and managed to pick out 1,000 people between 2012-2017 on buses, trams, trains and out on the streets.

We caught up with Andy in 2016 to see him in action

The number is still rising and in recognition of PCSO Andy ’s identification skills he has been awarded a Chief Constable’s Award.

It comes after he recently became one of the first 20 people in the world to form part of the Super Recognisers Association which highlights those with facial recognition expertise.

Inspector Rachel Crump, from the Safer Travel Partnership, said: "Andy has a remarkable ability and various departments across the force have benefitted from his razor-sharp memory.

“In some cases he has managed to remember faces years after they were first sought.

"To recognise more than 1,000 suspects in five years is exceptional and has not only helped to catch criminals but get justice for victims."