Served from November 21, 1950 to March 31, 2002
Roger Piwowarski is the longest serving reserve officer in the history of the Honolulu Police Department (HPD). His career began in 1950 while employed full-time at the Matson Navigation Company. He volunteered his time to serve as a police officer for more than 50 years, working in nearly every element in the department, including 23 years in patrol. Reserve Officer Piwowarski’s first assignment was in the Waikiki district where he worked 12-hour shifts, 3 days a week. At that time, reserve officers were required to purchase and maintain their own vehicles, uniforms, firearms and equipment, including sirens.
In 1981, Reserve Officer Piwowarski was assigned to the Juvenile Services Division where he helped to start the Friday night counseling program for young first-time misdemeanor offenders. He was named the Honolulu Police Department’s Reserve Officer of the Year twice, the first time in 1990 and the second time in 2000. After his retirement from the reserve officer program in 2002, he continued to volunteer his time at the HPD until his death in October 2003.
Inducted on May 15, 2008