The Offender Watch site, said Favro, provides more than the New York State Sex Offender Registry.
"[The county database] provides more accurate information and more expeditious data entry into the system," said Favro, who noted the department's database can be updated within minutes versus the state's site which could take weeks to be officially updated.
Offender Watch also allows those searching the database to find registered sex offenders within a quarter-mile from their home and search an up to two-mile perimeter, providing e-mails when an offender moves in or out of the area.
"We believe this program will create a safer community and give the community full access to information that they're entitled to form the confines of their home," said Favro.
Kevin J. Killeen, executive director of the Plattsburgh YMCA, said he values the resource Offender Watch can provide as a parent and a member of the community.
"I think people want to be more aware of what's going on around them ... and parents should be concerned," said Killeen. "My kids are older now, but I have lots of kids we deal with here at the Y that I consider like my own kids. And, their safety is our number one concern."
Offender Watch is accessible by visiting and registering at www.clintoncountygov.com and visiting the sheriff's department page.