QUEENSLAND police have lost one of their finest serving four-legged members during a training exercise south of Brisbane last night.
Serving Police Dog (PD) Jeru died after being hit by a car while training in an alleyway off the Pacific Motorway Service Rd, Springwood at about 9.15pm.
Police said Jeru had just completed an exercise when he ran past his handler towards the police car at the entrance of the alleyway in order to jump back into his enclosure.
As he ran around the front of the police car and onto the roadway he was hit by a passing car that was unable to avoid him.
He was rushed to a nearby vet but later passed away.
Police said the senior constable who handled Jeru was "very experienced" and is "devastated by the loss of his dog".
"The QPS takes the safety and wellbeing of all police dogs very seriously and see them as valued members of the police family," police said.
The State Capability Coordinator (Dog Squad) will conduct a review into the circumstances of the incident.