COMPSTAT, a crime analysis and police management process developed by the New York City Police Department, was introduced to the Jupiter Police Department in 2007.

The essence of the COMPSTAT process can be summarized briefly as follows: Collect, analyze and map crime data and other essential police performance measures on a regular basis and hold police managers accountable for their performance as measured by these data.

The Philosophy of COMPSTAT

The philosophy behind COMPSTAT is deceptively simple. It is based on four principles which have proven to be essential ingredients of an effective crime-fighting strategy; namely:

Accurate and Timely Intelligence

Effective crime-fighting requires accurate and timely intelligence. Officers at all levels of the Police Department must understand when (time of day, day of week, week of year) various types of crimes have been committed as well as how, where, and by whom they have been committed.

Effective Tactics

Having collated, analyzed and mapped this crime intelligence, the department's commanders must develop effective tactics for dealing with the problems it reveals. In order to bring about permanent change in crime conditions, these tactics must be comprehensive, flexible, and adaptable to changing trends. They must also involve other law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA and ATF, the prosecutors, the probation services, other city agencies not directly connected to law enforcement, as well as the public (e.g. community groups, Operation Town Watch, etc.).

Rapid Deployment of Personnel and Resources

Once a tactical plan has been developed, the deployment of personnel and resources must be rapid and focused. To be effective, the response to a crime or quality-of-life problem demands that patrol and special units coordinate their resources and expertise and act with a sense of urgency.

Relentless Follow-up and Assessment

All action must be relentlessly followed-up and assessed to ensure that the desired results has been achieved. This is the only way of ensuring that recurring or similar problems are dealt with effectively in the future.