Boone County’s government includes the board chairman, and 12 elected district representatives along with the City of Belvidere, with elected mayor and 10 ward aldermen and the Villages of Capron, Caledonia, Poplar Grove and Timberlane with elected village presidents and from five to six trustees.
City of Belvidere and the Villages of Capron and Poplar Grove sewage treatment plants are municipally owned. The wastewater plants operate in accordance with IEPA and USEPA regulations. Commonwealth Edison Company supplies electricity to the County, with a headquarters in nearby Rockford. Nicor Gas provides area residents with natural gas. Frontier offers advanced digital services to Boone County, installing and maintaining a comprehensive range of PBXs and data products. Recycling is easy in Boone County with a number of waste haulers providing service.
An enhanced Emergency-911 telephone system serves Boone County and an exceptional Police Department serves residents of Belvidere with one chief, two deputy chiefs, five sergeants, six detectives, 29 officers and two community service officers. Areas of specialization include two K-9 Units, one school resource officer (SRO), as well as officers assigned to the DEA, Auto Theft Task Force, Conservation District, ILEAS and Community Policing. Specialized units within the Department include the Gang Intervention Unit, Tactical Response Team, Bicycle Patrol, Accident Reconstruction and Traffic Safety Unit. Programs offered by the Police Department include an Elderly Service Program, Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Policing (VIP) and the countywide Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
The Belvidere and Boone County Fire Departments consist of firefighters who serve the community from seven station locations. Boone County Fire Districts 1, 2, and 3 are all volunteer fire departments. The City Fire Department currently has a full time department with 32 firefighters, of which 15 are trained as paramedics and 17 are trained as basic emergency medical technicians. Areas of focus in the departments include arson investigations, fire prevention and fire safety inspections. A highly regarded Juvenile Fire-setters education program exists, and programs currently include a dive/ice rescue team, confined space and trench rescue techniques. The departments participate in many local safety awareness programs.