APB

21 12 2007


All points bulletin
From Wikipedia

Was watching a lot of “Without a Trace” and they keep saying APB – now I know what it means. here you go.

“An All Points Bulletin (APB) is a broadcast issued from one law enforcement agency to another. It typically contains information about a wanted suspect who is to be arrested or a person of interest for whom law enforcement officers are to look. They are usually dangerous or missing persons. As used by police, the term dates to at least 1960[1]. An all-points bulletin can also be known as a BOLO, which stands for “be on the lookout”. It is sometimes called a “lookout” or “BOL” for short.

The United Kingdom uses a similar system known as the All Ports Warning, which circulates a suspects description to airports, ports and international railway stations to detect an offender leaving the country. However, due to the great volume of commuters at such places, UK Police forces often prefer to contact specific airports, ports or stations and circulate descriptions individually.”

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