Bend Police Chief Jeff Sale displayed the department's “grill car" Wednesday for city councilors and passersby at City Hall in Bend.
Sale said he came up with the idea at his former job in Cheney, Wash., to improve community interaction with
Multiple sponsors helped get the vehicle — which has a smoker barbecue built into the interior — repainted and moved from Cheney to Bend.
Sale barbecued pulled pork using the vehicle —a 10-12 hour process, he said — for Wednesday's City Council meeting. He said another barbecue is planned from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Crux Fermentation Project, sponsored by the Central Oregon Community College criminal justice program to benefit the Bend police K-9 program.