Residents have been invited to meet with local police officers to discuss community issues, learn more about them and build good relationships in an informal, relaxed environment.
The series of free "coffee with a cop" events are spearheaded by Kevin and Lis Mazzu, who own five McDonald’s restaurants in the Hill Country, including the three locations in Kerrville.
"We enjoy being involved in the community and we like doing things with the schools, families and with law enforcement," said Kevin Mazzu in a recent phone interview.
The first event will from 8 to 10 a.m. Nov. 13 at the 600 Sidney Baker St. McDonald's restaurant. Kevin Mazzu said the events will be quarterly and rotate between the three restaurant locations in Kerrville.
"We are excited about partnering with McDonald’s to launch this important civic program meant to build community trust and respect between the Kerrville Police Department and the citizens we serve and protect," said Sgt. Jonathan Lamb, Kerrville Police Department spokesman, in a press release.
The Mazzus took over the Kerrville McDonald's restaurants in April after moving from California, where they also owned McDonald's restaurants, according to an article published by The Sheet. After they sold their restaurants there and were preparing to leave for Texas, they were honored at the “Concert in the Rocks” in the Lone Pine Alabama Hills, California, "in recognition for all the support they provided to local schools and civic groups in the 14 years they have owned the McDonald’s Restaurant franchise in Inyo and Mono Counties," according to The Sheet article.
Kevin Mazzu said he and his wife also sponsored coffee with a cop events in California. They've already gotten involved in the community in Kerrville, such as having recently sponsored the Pumpkin Run at the Kroc Center.
"As McDonald’s Owner/Operators, being involved in the community is the cornerstone of our business," the Mazzus said in a press release. "And supporting our local law enforcement and first responders, who put their lives on the line to protect and serve our citizens, is a priority for our organization."