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 recipient of the ICISF Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). 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 emergency medical technician with the Town of Ossining, New York Police Department and previous Director of NYS Zone 14 Law Enforcement Academy. He is now Chief of Police for Chatham, New York Police Department. As Chief, 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 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. Peter is also a motivational speaker and has been honored to speak before schools, businesses, federal, state, local EMS and law enforcement personnel as well as military personnel and their families.