Meet the 'super-recognizers,' an elite squad paid to never forget a face — BI

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Other people's faces get strangely seared into my brain, even those of complete strangers. It's not that I necessarily want to remember them — I just can't seem to help it.

It turns out Eliot Porritt, a detective sergeant with London's Metropolitan Police, is looking for people like me.

Porritt leads a police task force called the Super Recognizer Unit. Officers in his unit are believed to have an uncanny ability to place a familiar face, a skill that some researchers estimate is present in roughly 1% of the population. Because they're believed to be able to accurately identify people from grainy, poor-quality images and videos, these super-recognizers are being called in to help crack cases that have gone cold.

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