The Police Have Hired A Guinea Pig Called Constable Elliot

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A guinea pig has become the newest member of the New Zealand police department.

Complete with police hat and stab vest, Constable Elliot has been recruited to remind Kiwis to keep at a slow speed when driving near schools.

The rodent recruit has successfully caught the attention of the public and his most recent post received over 9k likes.

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…

Posted by New Zealand Police on Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Facebook post read:

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. #schoolsback#crossingpatrol#constableelliot
#eatyourgreens

Look what I just found; dumped next to the toy box. Tut tut. I think this driver forgot to look after their Subaru. …

Posted by New Zealand Police on Friday, April 21, 2017

Constable Elliot regularly sends out warnings to people, the most recent was a reminder to lock your car.

When one commenter cried ‘animal cruelty’ the police were quick to explain that ‘Elliot is a well cared for family pet of one our media team members’.

‘Hold the line, I will just log in’.

Posted by New Zealand Police on Thursday, April 13, 2017

It says a lot about Kiwi crime rates when they can afford such a cute constable.

I can’t see UK police employing such gentle pigs.