NEW YORK CITY -- POLICE OFFICERS have been warned of a new threat to their lives — a holster that allows criminals to hide their guns and even fire through their clothing, police sources said.
The safety alert, posted in precincts throughout the city, advises cops of the dangerous so-called “ghost holsters.”
The holster is a pouch that, depending on the size of the gun, provides the user enough room to reach in and fire through clothing without removing the firearm.
Police sources said officers have been told that the holster can be worn on the stomach.
That could allow criminals to better conceal the gun under bulky clothing, making it more difficult to spot someone whose gait or body language would otherwise indicate they were packing heat, sources said.
Officers have been told to be extra diligent when patting down suspects, something police do about 300,000 times a year.
The NYPD said the alert was created by its Intelligence Division after it learned of the holster from another law enforcement agency.
Police departments across the country routinely share information with each other — everything from newfangled weapons to information about wanted criminals.
No ghost holsters have been found in the city of New York.