Cops have been warned that criminals might be hiding small guns in their sneakers, the Daily News has learned.
The NYPD refused to answer any questions about the alert, including whether the guns were recovered in New York City or elsewhere. Police departments routinely share safety alerts with cops in other cities.
“In the past few months multiple firearms have been recovered from the insole portion of sneakers,” the alert reads. “Officers should remain vigilant when searching all prisoners.”
The alert, issued by the Criminal Intelligence Section of the Intelligence Bureau, shows what appears to be a one- or two-shot revolver next to a high-top sneaker to illustrate how small the weapon is.
A second picture shows a gun under the insole of another sneaker.
Hidden weapons is nothing new.
Through the years police have recovered beepers, cell phones and canes, among other items, that can fire shots.