October 16, 2018 9:55 pm
Updated: October 17, 2018 2:46 pm

A group of concerned locals is helping Brockville police solve youth crime

The Watch Dogs are a newly formed group that patrol the streets of Brockville to help put an end to youth crimes.


A man — along with a group of concerned citizens — has stepped forward and is looking to take on the issue of ongoing youth crime in Brockville.

READ MORE: Police chief addresses group of youths ‘causing chaos’ in Brockville

On Sept 13. the body of Damian Sobieraj was found in the St. Lawrence River — police have deemed Sobieraj’s deaht as suspicious, although it’s still unclear what happened to him that evening.

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This incident motivated Talen O’Connor to create The Watch Dogs, a group of concerned citizens dedicated to protecting the streets of Brockville.

“There are around 145 people that make up The Watch Dogs and we want to put an end to these youth-run gangs,” said O’Connor.

Many residents have voiced their concerns about encounters with a group of teens that have been allegedly terrorizing them and their children. The Brockville Police Service says they have been arresting the teens, but they are quickly released back onto the streets.

READ MORE: Youth-run gang reportedly ‘terrorizing’ Brockville community

Brockville’s chief of police Scott Fraser voiced his concerns about working with the local crown attorney to keep troublemakers off the streets. Fraser told Global News that police keep arresting the same youth in the city, only to see them released from custody soon after.

The Watch Dogs are patrolling the streets seven days a week, and after speaking to several troubled youth, O’Connor says he has one question for them: Why?

“The kids don’t have any motive. They don’t do it for money or drugs. They just do it for their own amusement,” said O’Connor.

READ MORE: Brockville police arrest several teens in connection with 3 assaults

Brockville Police say they’re in the process of getting The Watch Dogs their own vests and will continue their support for any local group that looks to help solve crime. Police urge the public to call 911 if they see a crime being committed, just as The Watch Dogs do.

The Watch Dogs are holding a fundraiser to raise money for the group on November 17 in Brockville.

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