The Village of Glendale Heights is a government based on participation of its residents. Leading the village is the village president (mayor), village clerk and six trustees elected to represent individual districts. The village board oversees a number of village departments that are under the village purview and make up the village’s government. These departments include administration, administrative services, community development, finance, parks, recreation and facilities, police and public works.

Glendale Heights Police Department
The Glendale Heights Police Department has more than 100 members making up three main divisions (administration, patrol and support operations) that help to make this department one of the best in the state of Illinois.

The police department is Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)-accredited, which makes it one of only 48 agencies in the state of Illinois and one of 700 agencies internationally to have this prestigious accreditation. CALEA accreditation is the process by which an agency receives an objective, outside stamp of approval that is earned through diligent internal and external evaluation. These evaluations are based on professional policing standards and are set by an impartial, knowledgeable group of law enforcement professionals.

Excellent community outreach programs are also offered through the police department, including D.A.R.E., Neighborhood Watch, Citizen’s Police Academy, Safety Town classes and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition to name just a few.

Glenside Fire Protection District
The Glenside Fire Protection District provides fire and medical services to Glendale Heights residents located south of the Illinois Central railroad tracks. The district responds to over 2,500 emergency incidents annually. They consist of 18 full-time personnel; 20 paid, on-call personnel; two chief officers and four administrative support personnel.

Bloomingdale Fire Protection District
The Bloomingdale Fire Protection District provides fire, rescue and medical services to Glendale Heights residents located north of the Illinois Central railroad tracks.

They consist of 44 full-time staff members, 41 sworn personnel, 10 paid on-call firefighters, two civilian fire inspectors and an administrative support staff.