There is a particular relationship between an MTA canine police officer and the canine. The canine is greater than a device, greater than a companion. He turns into your finest buddy. And though it may not be simple coaching your finest buddy, MTA Police Canine handler Officer Alison Schmitt, initially from Malverne and now Holtsville, proved greater than as much as the duty. Accepting the job of MTA canine police officer modified her life, her household’s life and life for the household of the late NYPD Det. Steven McDonald – longtime buddies and neighbors of the Schmitts.