Served from July 16, 1923 to December 29, 1968
John Jardine was 21-years-old when he joined the Honolulu Police Department on July 16, 1923. He was promoted to the rank of detective 18 months later and established himself as smart and softhearted but a tenacious enemy of the underworld. He investigated and solved many murder, robbery, public corruption, theft, and forgery cases. Detective Jardine was one of the investigators in the infamous Massie case in which U.S. Navy Lieutenant Thomas Massie and his mother-in-law were convicted of murdering one of his wife’s alleged rapists in 1931.
After 12 years with the Honolulu Police Department, Detective Jardine was transferred to the City Prosecutor’s Officer as a Special Investigator where he retired on December 29, 1968. Detective Jardine’s sustained superior performance throughout his career, his integrity and dedication to his job, and his outstanding character earned him the respect of his peers and the community.
Inducted on May 16, 2009