all-points bulletin


Definition of all-points bulletin

: a general bulletin broadcast to alert law-enforcement officers over a wide area that someone (such as a suspect) or something (such as a vehicle) is being actively sought in connection with a crime The all-points bulletin for the suspects issued Thursday describes them as "armed and dangerous" …— Les Ledbetter … police investigators have pored over video footage, interviewed witnesses, combed through social media chatter and shared surveillance images of the suspects with other police agencies in an all-points bulletin.— Michael Cabanatuan and Kurtis Alexander

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First Known Use of all-points bulletin

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“All-points bulletin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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