Representative Jason Perillo, (R-Shelton) was named Legislator of the Year by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association during their annual meeting Thursday afternoon.
West Hartford Police Chief James Strillaci presented the honor to Perillo in recognition of his close work with the law enforcement community, including his work with new recruit training, fingerprinting laws, and missing persons reporting.
“I have always had a tremendous working relationship with the Shelton Police Department whether it be with Chief Hurliman, the detective bureau, or new officers on patrol,” Rep. Perillo said. “I try to understand the difficulties and risks facing our local police officers every day and I work to craft legislation that makes it easier for local law enforcement to overcome them.”
Shelton Police Chief Hurliman also commended Perillo for his work on public safety. “Locally he’s been active with crime prevention and other public safety initiatives such as road resurfacing,” adding that Perillo’s work on fingerprinting laws make it faster to identify suspects accurately.
“We live in challenging times that truly elevate the importance of our police department here in Shelton and all departments across the state,” Rep. Perillo said. “Now, more than ever, our officers need to be exceptionally trained and our departments need to be fully-staffed. I hope that in some small way I have made a difference.”
The Connecticut Police Chiefs Association is an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of the residents of the State of Connecticut; to aiding other government bodies within and external to the State of Connecticut in the administration of justice, ensuring that all are treated equally before the law. To strive always to provide service to the public of the highest attainable quality by constantly searching for those methods that will keep Connecticut law enforcement in the forefront of public safety issues.