all-points bulletin

noun
Updated on: 28 Feb 2018

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
called also APB

First Known Use of all-points bulletin

1936

in the meaning defined above

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