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An Interpol notice
or international notice
is issued by Interpol
Interpol, whose full name is the International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL, is an organization facilitating international police cooperation...
to share information between its members. There are seven types, six of which are known by their colour codes: Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Black, Orange.
INTERPOL will only issue notices "if it is satisfied that all the conditions for processing the information have been fulfilled. For example, a notice will not be published if it violates Article 3 of the Constitution, which forbids the Organization from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character."
Notices are issued in the official languages of Interpol: English
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- Requests (provisional) arrest
An arrest is the act of depriving a person of his or her liberty usually in relation to the purported investigation and prevention of crime and presenting into the criminal justice system or harm to oneself or others...
of wanted persons, with a view to extradition
Extradition is the official process whereby one nation or state surrenders a suspected or convicted criminal to another nation or state. Between nation states, extradition is regulated by treaties...
. An Interpol Red Notice is "the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant
An arrest warrant is a warrant issued by and on behalf of the state, which authorizes the arrest and detention of an individual.-Canada:Arrest warrants are issued by a judge or justice of the peace under the Criminal Code of Canada....
in use today." (Interpol does not have the authority to issue arrest warrants in the formal sense of the word, as this is the domain of the sovereign member states.)
- Asks for help locating missing person
A missing person is a person who has disappeared for usually unknown reasons.Missing persons' photographs may be posted on bulletin boards, milk cartons, postcards, and websites, along with a phone number to be contacted if a sighting has been made....
s (usually minors) or identifying people who are unable to identify themselves.
- Requests additional information about a person in relation to a crime
- Seeks information on unidentified bodies.
- To provide warnings and criminal intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries
- Warns police and other international organizations about potential threats from disguised weapons, parcel bombs, or other dangerous materials.
- To provide information on modi operandi, procedures, objects, devices and hiding places used by criminals.
Interpol-United Nations Security Council Special Notice
- Issued for groups and individuals who are targets of UN sanctions against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. This was created in 2005 at the request of the UN Security Council
The United Nations Security Council is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers, outlined in the United Nations Charter, include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of...
through the adoption of resolution 1617
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1617, adopted unanimously on July 29, 2005, after recalling resolutions 1267 , 1333 , 1363 , 1373 , 1390 , 1452 , 1455 , 1526 and 1566 concerning terrorism, the Council renewed sanctions against Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Osama bin Laden and associated...
and implemented through the adoption of INTERPOL resolution AG-2005-RES-05.
In 2009, a total of 7,290 notices were issued.
Interpol notices issued in 2009