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

Examples of all-points bulletin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Set 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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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of all-points bulletin was in 1936

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“All-points bulletin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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