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NZ police have posted a touching tribute to Constable Elliott: the world's first police guinea pig

Constable Elliot promoted safe driving around schools, burglary prevention and theft of Subaru cars.

New Zealand police have taken to social media to post a touching tribute to one of their favourite former members, Constable Elliot, who tragically passed away two years ago.
Constable Elliot, who died on 20 August 2017, was the world's first Police guinea pig, bred and owned by a 'Police family' from Wellington.
As explained in the tribute, "Constable Elliot found fame in May of 2017, when he donned a tiny uniform and promoted safe driving around schools, burglary prevention and theft of Subaru cars.
"He died after a very short but sudden illness that may or may not have been linked to eating a cardboard box.
"His human family still miss him as do many fans of his world-wide."
The post, below, is testament to the constable's tireless efforts to promote burglary prevention.
He was also appreciated for reminding the New Zealand public to reduce their speed around schools.
In April 2017 he reached out to motorists with this message: "Did you know that a piggie's top speed can be around 9km/hr? Not me, I have gone a bit overboard on the carbs lately and need to lighten up, so I go even slower. I am not too fast and that's the way I like it - slow is safe!
"Keep this in mind when you are driving near any schools tomorrow. Remember people, the kids are going to be out and about walking and biking, and crossing roads. Like me, they are small and unpredictable, so you have to watch out!
"Keep an eye out for school patrols and please do your part in keeping our kids safe. Drive to the conditions, reduce your speed and stay alert. Oh, and eat your greens....always eat your greens."
Constable Elliot was buried in full uniform, in a vessel remarkably similar to the very one that may have had a part to play in his untimely death.
But to be fair, what else could have served as a tiny coffin?
May he rest in peace.