: 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
Examples of all-points bulletin in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebSet off an all-points bulletin, given the seriousness of these matters.—Ron Lieber, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2023 Through the department’s license-plate readers and other footage captured by neighbors’ cameras, officers were able to identify the man — Garrett Blaize — and issued an all-points bulletin for his vehicle, Martinez said.—Michelle L. Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023
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