A PCSO has warned criminals that a face mask is not enough of a disguise to prevent them from evading the police.
Talented PCSO Andy Pope, 43 is seen within the world of policing as a rare talent he is able to simple look at a face, process them into shapes and features and has the ability to remember them.
If you thought face masks would have been enough to stop Andy from identifying you, think again he has been able to identify 200 suspects resulting in their arrest.
Andy spends most of his mornings looking at CCTV footage and still images and is then able to link them within people he sees on the streets.
Having joined West Midlands Police in 2005 and has seen 2,100 suspects identified and arrested in this way, but feared this ability would be hampered within coronavirus hit.
But this never held him back as he can still recognise people by their eyes, eyebrows and hairlines alone.
At the start of every shift Andy will work his way through wanted images of people and see if he can identify them, those he cannot while he is out on patrol he will work to spot them.
Andy said ” When I look at faces to memorise often it’s the shape of someone’s mouth or nose that would stick in my mind.
“Obviously you can’t really see that under a facemask, so I’ve had to rely on just the top part of their face paying special attention to their eyes.
“Luckily, it hasn’t slowed me down and I have still been able to recognise just as many wanted people as I ever did”.