Volkmann, MSW, Chief Peter

Peter Volkmann, MSW graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.  Peter is a faculty member for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) in Ellicott City, MD in which he received the 2017 ICISF Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) internationally. Because of his vast experience in the different rescue fields and the social work profession, Peter is utilized as a crisis interventionist and trainer for rescue departments, government municipalities, schools, and corporate organizations around the United States who have experienced traumatic events. He assisted in the development of the Uniform Service Program for PTSD at Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont.  Peter has been featured as an expert on stress for Dateline (NBC), Discovery Channel, MSNBC, and Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN).  Peter developed “Law Enforcement Perspectives Course for CISM Enhancement” which is an approved course of ICISF. He has trained and assisted the startup of numerous critical incident response teams throughout the United States.  Peter developed through the University of Albany School of Public Health “ASAP-Active Shooter Action Program” designed for schools, businesses, and communities.

Peter is a retired police officer and an emergency medical technician with the Town of Ossining, New York Police Department. His career began in 1984 and he received numerous citations and lifesaving awards.  Upon retirement, Peter moved to Stuyvesant and continued his career in serving Columbia County community.  He is a firefighter with Stuyvesant Fire Company in which he was a recipient of the 2014 Columbia County Firefighter of the Year with his fire crew.  He commanded as Police Chief at Stockport NY Police Department for 4 years.   During this time the Town of Stockport was deemed the safest town in New York State. Peter is presently Police Chief of Chatham Police and received the recognition of the Village of Chatham NY being the safest Village in New York State.  He created “Your Cop” program in which Chatham officers personally met every resident and discussed police services and any community concerns.  Officers are assigned neighborhoods to stay in contact with residents as “their cop”.  Peter has developed “Chatham Cares 4 U” (CC4U) Initiative in which any person can request help for opioid addiction and a treatment bed will be arranged with transportation…guaranteed.  He has received the 2018 Police Assisted and Recovery Initiative (PAARI) Leadership Award for his work with CC4U.  Peter was also the Columbia Greene Community College Zone 14 Police Academy Director for two years.  He considers his greatest law enforcement accomplishment being a first responder on 9-11-01 to the World Trade Center Disaster.  Peter is a Member of the Board for Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene.