PCSO ‘Memory Man’ snares 130 crooks in Birmingham after remembering their faces from CCTV
Posted by Xeno on June 28, 2012
A PCSO is in line for a top award after identifying an astonishing 130 thieves, sex offenders and violent criminals after memorising their faces from CCTV stills.
Andy Pope, 34, has now been dubbed ‘Memory Man’ by colleagues.
He patrols Birmingham’s transport network as part of the Safer Travel team and clocked up the 130 convictions in 12 months after memorising faces of those trying to evade justice.
In one case he recognised a serial robber a year after the crook appeared in a Crimewatch appeal on the BBC.
The dad-of-one, from Redditch, played down the feat, saying he was often in the right place at the right time.
“I spend a lot of time in Birmingham and on arterial routes into the centre,” he said.
“A lot of offenders do pass through the city at some point and, when they do, I want to be able to recognise them. 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.
“I don’t think I’ve got any special gift, just a knack for remembering faces.” …
He said: “There had been several nasty robberies on the number nine bus route and an image of the main suspect appeared on Crimewatch in 2010. About a year later I was walking in Colmore Row when I passed a man and thought, ‘I know that face from somewhere’. I started chatting to him, took his details, and a few days later we made the arrest.’’ …