The New Zealand police's much-loved guinea pig mascot has died.

"Constable Elliot" - with his own blue uniform similar to that worn by our Kiwi cops - was revealed earlier this year as the latest recruit teaching Kiwis to drive slowly.

But police announced some sad news on Twitter today.

"It's with great sadness that we announce Constable Elliot's passing #constableelliot #rip #nzpolice #safercommunitiestogether."

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Police had some fun with Elliot - which they said was based with their Wellington team - on their social media.

To go with his introduction to the social world, police provided some guinea pig facts.

"Did you know that a piggie's top speed can be around 9km/h?"

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, 29 April 2017

Though apparently even that was a little fast for Constable Elliot.

"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!"

Constable Elliot urged motorists to follow suit when driving, in particular near schools.

"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."