The CompStat program involves monthly crime control strategy meetings. These gatherings increase information flow between the agency's chief and deputy chiefs and the commanders of Field Services Districts, with particular emphasis on crime and quality of life enforcement information. These briefings are referred to as CompStat ("computerized statistics") meetings, since many of the discussions are based upon the statistical analysis and maps contained within the monthly CompStat reports.
These meetings and the information sharing they generate are an important part of the Fargo Police Department’s comprehensive, interactive management strategy: enhancing accountability by providing district commanders and sergeants overseeing beats with considerable discretion and resources. The program also ensures that district commanders and sergeants remain aware of crime and quality of life conditions within their areas of responsibility. By meeting frequently and discussing the department's top crime and quality of life strategies, the initiatives are fully implemented throughout the agency.
District commanders and sergeants overseeing beats use this forum to communicate with the agency's top executives (chief and deputy chiefs) and their fellow commanders, sharing the problems they face and successful crime reduction tactics. The process allows top executives to monitor issues and activities within districts and operational units, evaluating the skills and effectiveness of middle managers. By keeping abreast of situations "on the ground," departmental leaders can properly allocate resources to most effectively reduce crime and improve police performance.