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MSPs roared as Ruth Davidson challenged the SNP leader about the falling numbers of Police officers under her Government. 

Police officer numbers in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in nine years after the SNP tore up its flagship manpower pledge.

Addressing Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Conservatives leader said: "You always know when the First Minister has to go on the back foot because then she looks to England or Wales or anywhere apart from her own responsibilities in Scotland.

"The facts are these: we were all told, the country was told, that the creation of a single force would free up resources and provide huge savings to spend on frontline policing."

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT TVScotland news: Ruth Davison slapped down Sturgeon as it was revealed officers' numbers have fallen

The SNP abandoned a promise to keep officer numbers at 1,000 more than 2007 levels at the last Holyrood election two years ago.

Ms Davidson continued: "The reality is, five years on, a £30m black hole in their account, officers numbers going down and we don’t know how many more are for the axe. We got frontline officers saying they are not getting the equipment or the time that they need to do the job.

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