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Neighbourhood police officer Maurice Schnitker at McDonalds restaurant Rotterdam Groene Hilledijk
McDonald's restaurant Rotterdam Groene Hilledijk introduces Coffee with a Cop. Every second Monday of the month, neighbourhood policemen enter into casual conversations with guests and local residents, with no strings attached.
Rotterdam, 15 February 2022 - For guests and local residents, McDonald's restaurant Rotterdam Groene Hilledijk will from now on organize a casual contact moment with local police officers on the second Monday of the month. The restaurant chain is doing this under the title Koffie met een Cop (Coffee with a Cop), an initiative to bring the neighbourhood closer together. Everyone is welcome. While enjoying a cup of coffee, officers talk to local residents about what is going on in the neighbourhood.
Groene Hilledijk is the first Rotterdam McDonald's restaurant to offer Coffee with a Cop. This originally American idea was first introduced in the Netherlands in 2016, by McDonald's Dordrecht. The accessibility of McDonald's to all walks of life makes a conversation between cops and citizens low-key. Because the agents hear first-hand what is going on in the neighbourhood, they are better able to respond to the needs of residents. The Groene Hilledijk restaurant is one of the dozens of McDonald's restaurants in the Netherlands that offer this service.
Ben Franken, Franchisee of McDonald's Rotterdam Groene Hillendijk: "As a good neighbour, we want to connect and help society move forward. I care about this neighbourhood and with my restaurant I like to fulfil the bridging function between citizens and police in order to keep the neighbourhood liveable and pleasant. It's only a small effort for us to make our restaurant available at set times so that guests and the police can have a casual conversation over a cup of coffee that we offer."
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