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EPD Sergeant Helps Create New Domestic Violence Bill

The Evansville Police Department is recognizing one of its sergeants for his hand in the creation of a bill that amplifies the severity of domestic violence incidents.

Posted: Jul 30, 2021 10:14 AM
Updated: Jul 30, 2021 10:15 AM

A bill signed into law on Thursday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was created in-part by an Evansville Police Department sergeant, the department said Friday.

According to EPD, Sgt. Matt Karges helped create Senate Bill 0079, which enhances the crime of domestic battery to a Level 6 Felony if the victim has a protective order against the suspect or if the court has issued a no-contact order between the victim and suspect.

EPD says that as a Motor Patrol Sergeant, Karges noted the gap between existing laws and enforcement, which left victims more vulnerable.

"As a department, we are proud of Sergeant Karges’ initiative and diligence in this very worthy pursuit," EPD said.

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