WESTERNPORT - Westernport commissioner Phil Whetstone spent some time in June talking with town residents about police coverage.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Westernport commissioner Phil Whetstone spent some time in June talking with town residents about police coverage.
Whetstone, who at the beginning of this week’s council meeting was the police and fire commissioner,  later took over the position of street commissioner.
As police commissioner, he said, “I spent about six hours walking around the town with sheriff Craig Robertson and talked to 20 citizens” during the month of June.
Whetstone wanted to make sure, however, that the citizens of Westernport understands that, as police commissioner, “I have no arrest authority or no investigative authority.”
He said, “I am the liaison between the town and the sheriff’s department.”
In relationship to having a police force in the town, Whetstone said, “We can’t snap our fingers and have police.
“To build a wall we need a foundation,” he said, and, “In looking into getting a police force, we have to build a relationship with the sheriff’s department.”
Whetstone said that new cameras have been installed around the community, and the monitoring will be handled in the town building.
He added that soon there is a possibility to have the cameras linked to the deputy sheriff’s patrol vehicles.