William Tong, State Rep. for New Canaan and Stamford, was honored by the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association, along with State Rep. Gerald Fox III of Stamford, with the 2010 Legislative Award according to a press release. The award recognizes Tong's support for law enforcement initiatives in Connecticut.

Tong received the award during a ceremony held in Cromwell on Dec. 16 and said he was honored to be recognized by the CPCA.

"It's important to provide our frontline law enforcement with the tools they need to get the job done efficiently and in the safest way possible, in addition to ensuring that the laws we pass help their jobs and don't hinder them," Tong said. "I'm honored to receive this recognition and I thank the CPCA for all of the work they provide our state."

Tong, who was recently re-elected as New Canaan's only Democratic representative, is the leading legislator managing implementation of the state's new criminal justice information technology database. The database will allow the police and other law enforcement agencies to share and communicate digital documents more efficiently. The system eliminates waste from extraneous printing and transportation of documents. Tong has also passed laws dealing with the reduction of illegal firearm distribution.