The Dade City Police Department acquired “Hope” on September 1, 2007.
Hope was given to Sergeant Robert Shireman by Pam Andrews of Lake Bloodhound Kennels. Pam works with Child Protection Education of America (CPEA), a national non-profit foundation for missing children established in 2002 by Executive Director, Hilary Sessions. Hilary is the mother of Tiffany Sessions, a University of Florida student missing since February 9, 1989.
Through extensive training and evaluation, Sergeant Shireman and Hope were placed in-service on May 19, 2008.