As well as Red Notice deletion, our lawyers advise clients regarding the other Interpol Notices.
A Blue Notice serves a similar purpose as Red Notices but is used to obtain additional information about a suspect. An Interpol Blue Notice relates to the movements of a suspect or a witness but does not provide for arrest. Therefore, the person the alert refers to may not be wanted for a crime committed. Instead, the Notice may be issued because that person may have further information on criminal proceedings.
A Green Notice can be provided if police forces want to warn each other about people suspected of being a danger to the public. Often, those who have committed criminal offences who are deemed to be likely to engage in them again. Interpol Green Notices are used regularly for warnings about serial sex offenders.
The Yellow Notice is used to locate missing persons, especially those unable to identify themselves. These cases can often involve minors and those who may not be of sound mind. Such notices are given in cases of child abduction, kidnappings and in times of unexplained disappearances.
Orange Notices warn of an event, person, object, or process that poses a severe and immediate threat to the public. They often refer to illegal items, parcel bombs, and other dangerous and explosive materials to be tracked down.
A Black Notice is given when Interpol needs information about unidentified bodies. In many of these cases, the persons found may have used false identities. Interpol will circulate photographs of the body and, when possible, fingerprints and information about the body to help with the identification process.
The Purple Notice is issued to search for or provide information on the modus operandi (specific pattern of committing the crime), objects, devices and concealment methods used by criminals. Often these refer to criminal groups or organised gangs.
Diffusions Orders are also issued, and they are less formal types of alerts than Notices. They are also used to forward requests for arrest or ascertain the defendant’s whereabouts to Interpol member states.
A Diffusion Order is communicated directly by a state’s relevant Interpol National Centre Bureau (NCB) (in Germany, the Federal Criminal Office) to any member state or the entire Interpol network.
Just like Interpol Notices, Diffusions are categorised according to the type of request and marked with colours but are otherwise treated the same way. In particular, the Interpol Statute’s requirements and the data processing rules must also be observed here.