Served from September 9, 1953 to December 29, 1978
All Honolulu Police Departments female officers and male officers under 5’8″ in height owe their careers to Lucile Abreu.
Lucile Abreu joined the department at a time when female officers were given a lower civil service rank from the male officers and were assigned to Juvenile Crime Prevention Division with no possibility of promotion. After she passed the sergeant’s exam but was denied promotion on several occasions, the 5’2″ mother of five, filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the system. This led the way for equal rights for all police officers and the elimination of a minimum height requirement. In 1975, Abreu was promoted to the rank of detective and became the first woman assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division.
Detective Abreu forever changed the face of the Honolulu Police Department.
Inducted on May 15, 2010