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.