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Late Governor and Police Captain John A. Burns
Inducted into HPD Hall of Fame
(Mon., May 23, 2011)---Former Governor and Honolulu Police Captain John A. Burns was inducted into the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) Hall of Fame on May 21, 2011. Burns was recognized for his support of the civil rights of
As a police officer, Burns worked in patrol and the Vice Division prior to being handpicked by Police Chief William Gabrielson in December 1940, to head the department's newly formed Espionage Bureau. Burns was assigned to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into rumors of sabotage and disloyalty against the United States. As it turned out, none of the reports proved to be true.
After the attack on
Burns resigned from the HPD in 1945. He was elected as a territorial delegate to Congress in 1956 and served as
The HPD's Hall of Fame was established on May 17, 2007, to honor those who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding contributions and service to the department and the community. Previous inductees include Detective Chang Apana, Officer Roger Piwowarski, Chief Francis A. Keala, Chief Daniel S. C. Liu, Sergeant Edwin I. Adolphson, Jr., Sister Roberta Julie Derby, and Detective Lucille Abreu.