Nichols had several instances come to mind where the vehicles could
have been helpful in the past and ideas about their potential use.
He said they are quiet and could be used for patrolling crowd
situations, such as the balloon fest, or they could be used while
observing suspicious behavior where vehicles are involved. They may
even be useful getting down narrow field roads where meth production
Law enforcement departments across the U.S. have
been adding ATVs to their vehicle fleets. And why not? ATVs are
four-wheel wheel drive, off-road vehicles that enable a driver to
maneuver into places that a car or SUV simply won't go. ATVs are
used for search and rescue missions, surveillance, pursuits, traffic
control, and public relations, plus the ordinary, day-to-day
functions of police departments.
Intrigued by the expanded usage of ATVs in law enforcement, J&S
Auto Centre queried BRP Can-Am regarding the availability of
programs that would benefit the local police departments. BRP,
partnering with their dealers, offered the free (of purchase),
unlimited usage of an ATV for a year, with the results being the
delivery of the two new Outlander 400s.
Nichols and Rawlins gladly accepted the keys to their new
vehicles, with additional support offered by Mayor Beth Davis, Logan
County Board Chairman Bob Farmer and his wife, Diane, and detective
The BRP Outlanders driven by the police and sheriff's deputies
each retail for $6,500 and have 400 cc high-output Rotax engines
capable of speeds up to 50 mph, minus the worries of overheating,
thanks to the water-cooled engine BRP is known for. In fact, BRP
ATVs are being used by our armed forces in Iraq for that very reason
-- they will not overheat regardless of the temperature.
Additionally, these units share the SST surrounding spar technology
frame, which lowers the center of gravity, improving handling and
maneuverability over obstacles and stopping power. Four-wheel Visco
Lok drive with inboard disc brakes takes these ATVs where few others
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The city and county both qualifying for the program is
unbelievable. The BRP Can-Am program distributes roughly 200 ATVs
across the U.S., with these two ATVs being the only ones authorized
for not only Illinois but the encompassing multistate region.
J&S Auto Centre, located at 1006 Woodlawn Road in Lincoln, is
Lincoln and Logan County's only ATV dealer, offering sales of new
and used ATVs as well as a full complement of services for ATVs and
motorcycles of all brands, makes and models. In fact, J&S was
awarded BRP's prestigious Platinum Certification designation in 2005
and 2006, increasing service and sales benefits for J&S customers.
J&S Auto Centre is also known for sale and service of low-mileage,
superior quality pre-owned vehicles, with an emphasis on imports.
J&S is a family-operated business founded in 1990, with BRP ATVs
added to the lineup in 2004 and Bad Boy commercial mowers in 2005.
J&S Auto prides itself on its no-pressure sales atmosphere with
customers and their total satisfaction as the primary focus.
For additional information, contact Jim Horn, J&S Auto Centre
owner, at (217) 732-8994 or
firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit