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All-points bulletin

a broadcast alert from one police station to all others in an area, state, etc., as with instructions to arrest a particular suspect or suspects.
Abbreviation: APB.
Contemporary Examples

Police put out an all-points bulletin but fear that the men have already fled Britain.
Return of the Pink Panthers? Eric Pape August 11, 2009

Historical Examples

I’ve sent out an all-points bulletin asking for information.
The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin

They also notified the parole board, who put out an all-points bulletin immediately.
By Proxy Gordon Randall Garrett

(in the US) an alert broadcast to all police officers within an area, instructing the arrest of a suspect

a radio message sent to all of a police force within an area, esp. when seeking a suspected criminal; abbr. APB


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