The Springfield police department named Officers Maria Ampilova and Kaitlin Loney spotlight officers of the week.
The spotlight officers are chosen based on comments given to the police department regarding outstanding work by members of the department.
A community member who works at a substance abuse treatment facility wrote:
“Frequently our clients also have severe mental illness. We had a client who has not been medicated for schizophrenia in over a month…I can’t express how thankful I am for the compassion Officers Ampilova and Loney demonstrated.
“I could tell they wanted to help this client and understood what was going on when they arrived. I had several staff members also comment on what a great job both of them did.”