Served from November 4, 1976 to April 8, 1996
Sister Roberta Julie Derby was the first female police chaplain in the United States and the only chaplain to receive the Honolulu Police Department’s (HPD) Warrior Silver Medal of Valor. While at the HPD, she counseled hundreds of employees and their families.
Sister Roberta’s association with the HPD began in 1971 when she taught classes to police officers attending Chaminade University. Five years later, she joined the police department as a volunteer chaplain and earned the nickname “Chaplain One.” She was awarded the silver medal in 1980 for defusing a hostage situation involving an armed man who was threatening to kill his son.
Sister Roberta was appointed to the full-time position of Police Counselor/Chaplain Coordinator in 1989 and held this title until her death.
The park adjacent to the HPD headquarters was named in her honor in 1999.
Inducted on May 17, 2007