What other INTERPOL publications exist besides a Red Notice?
INTERPOL’s communications system facilitates three kinds of messages.
- Simple messages between one or more NCBs. Basically, this is your everyday email and it is not necessarily seen by INTERPOL unless specifically included.
- Diffusions – A more structured email that can be sent to one or more NCBs addressing a wide variety of concerns including identifying someone as a suspect or requesting a person’s arrest. Diffusions are not subject to prior review by INTERPOL but the agency is automatically copied and may review the diffusion for compliance after the fact.
- Colored Notices – Any NCB can request the publication of a notice, but all requests are subject to review by INTERPOL for administrative compliance with its rules before publication. By rule, all notices must be published to all INTERPOL member nations.
- Yellow Notices: To alert police to a missing person.
- Blue Notices: To collect additional information about a person in relation to a crime.
- Green Notices: To provide warnings about persons who have committed criminal offenses and are likely to repeat those offenses in other countries
- Red Notices: To “seek the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition or similar lawful action.”
Yellow, blue and green notices are all relatively common, but by far the most-used notice is the Red Notice, of which 13,048 were published in 2017.