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An Interpol notice or international notice is issued by Interpol to share information between its members. There are seven types, colour-coded by their function: red, blue, green, yellow, black, orange, and purple.
INTERPOL will issue notices only "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 For example, a notice will not be published if it violates Article 3 of the Constitution, which forbids the Organization from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military,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."
|Red Notice||Requests (provisional) arrest of wanted persons, with a view to extradition. An Interpol Red Notice is "the closest instrument to an international arrest warrant 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.|
|Blue Notice||Requests additional information about a person in relation to a crime.|
|Green Notice||To provide warnings and criminal intelligence about persons who have committed criminal offences and are likely to repeat these crimes in other countries.|
|Yellow Notice||Asks for help locating missing persons (usually minors) or identifying people who are unable to identify themselves.|
|Black Notice||Seeks information on unidentified bodies.|
|Orange Notice||Warns police and other international organizations about potential threats from disguised weapons, parcel bombs, or other dangerous materials.|
|Purple Notice||To provide information on modus 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 through the adoption of resolution 1617 and implemented through the adoption of INTERPOL resolution AG-2005-RES-05.|
In 2011 approximately 10,000 notices were published.
7,958 persons were arrested worldwide on the basis of INTERPOL notices or diffusions in 2011.