An Interpol notice is an international alert used by police to communicate information about crimes, criminals and threats to their counterparts around the world. They are circulated by Interpol to all member states at the request of a member or an authorized international entity. The information disseminated via notices concerns individuals wanted for serious crimes, missing persons, unidentified bodies, possible threats, prison escapes etc.
There are eight types, seven of which are color-coded by their function: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Black, Orange, and Purple. The most well-known notice is the Red Notice which is the “closest instrument to an international arrest warrant in use today.”
To seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.
To help locate missing persons, often minors, or to help identify persons who are unable to identify themselves.
To collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
To seek information on unidentified bodies.
To provide warnings and intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries.
To warn of an event, a person, an object or a process representing a serious and imminent threat to public safety.
|INTERPOL–United Nations Security Council Special Notice |
Issued for groups and individuals who are the targets of UN Security Council Sanctions Committees.
To seek or provide information on modi operandi, objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals.