Definition of all-points bulletin in English:

all-points bulletin

(also APB)

noun

  • A radio message sent to every officer in a police force giving details of a suspected criminal or stolen vehicle.

    • ‘He said, ‘Did you put out an all-points bulletin for these two men?’’
    • ‘Well, you know, they kept saying he's not a suspect, not a suspect, but I've never seen a simple witness being searched for with overhead helicopters, and all-points bulletins, the way they were looking for him yesterday.’
    • ‘This is an all-points bulletin: Lizz is back online!’
    • ‘He said all police stations were alerted through an all-points bulletin after which the top brass of the Defence Force were notified.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago we sent out an all-points bulletin at the behest of a curious reader, surprisingly without success.’
    • ‘This super database, in turn, could be linked to facial-recognition cameras so that an all-points bulletin could go out for a potential terrorist the second the data-mining program detected a suspicious pattern of conduct.’
    • ‘When she was kidnapped, an all-points bulletin went out in a very timely matter, but it stipulated that the information was not for press release.’
    • ‘Finally, news organizations intercepted an all-points bulletin from police scanners and broadcast the description to the public.’
    • ‘An all-points bulletin has been posted for his arrest.’
    • ‘It was only then, on August 23, the agency sent out an all-points bulletin, launching law-enforcement agents on a frantic and futile search for the two men.’
    • ‘The Anti-Kidnapping Squad was notified and an all-points bulletin was issued for police to be on the lookout for the Chevy.’
    • ‘For the past four years we have published our annual ‘America's Fattest Cities’ report in an attempt to send an all-points bulletin to the nation about our growing, appalling problem with obesity.’
    • ‘Two weeks later, the American Institute in Taiwan placed an all-points bulletin for him through the National Police Administration.’
    • ‘You don't look for a regular witness with an all-points bulletin.’
    • ‘New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid had the best response: ‘I have put out an all-points bulletin for law enforcement to be on the lookout for politicians in favor of health care for the needy and against tax cuts for the wealthy.’’
    • ‘Then, just to be sure nobody missed the point, the USGA sent out an all-points bulletin conveying the same message.’
    • ‘The FBI Director has vowed to make the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System - used for sending messages similar to an all-points bulletin - less slow and cumbersome.’

Pronunciation:

all-points bulletin

/ɔl pɔɪnts ˈbʊlətn/