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Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Communal Police disproportionately and unnecessarily strengthens the powers of communal police officers to limit the freedoms and rights of citizens. Such changes are not necessary for the effective maintenance of public order, and past communal police experiences suggest the need for a more restrictive, not broader access to powers. The Opinion of the Ombudsman sent to the National Assembly states, inter alia, that the Draft Law also lowered the criterion for employment in communal police, and limited the number of municipal police officers depending on the population of the municipality or city for no valid reason.