Peter Volkmann, 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 which granted him the 2017 ICISF Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Because of his vast experience in different rescue fields and social work, Peter serves as a crisis interventionist and trainer for rescue departments, government municipalities, schools, and corporations throughout the United States who have experienced traumatic events. He assisted in the development of the Uniform Service Program for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the 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).  He has trained and assisted the startup of numerous critical incident response teams throughout the United States. Through the University of Albany School of Public Health, Peter led the development of the “ASAP-Active Shooter Action Program” designed for schools, businesses, and communities.

Peter served as police officer and an emergency medical technician with the Town of Ossining, New York Police Department from 1989-2006; he received numerous citations and lifesaving awards throughout his tenure.  Upon retirement from the Ossining force, Peter moved to Stuyvesant, NY where he continued his career as commander of the Stockport Police Department for 4 years. During this time the Town of Stockport was deemed the safest town in New York State. Since 2008, he has also been a firefighter with Stuyvesant Fire Company for which he was a recipient of the 2014 Columbia County Firefighter of the Year with his fire crew.

Peter is presently Chief of the Chatham Police Department and received recognition for the Village of Chatham being the safest village in New York State.  He created the “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”.  In 2016, Peter developed the “Chatham Cares 4 U” (CC4U) initiative which allows any person to request help for opioid addiction. The program arranges inpatient treatment and transportation to the program.  Peter was also the Columbia Greene Community College Zone 14 Police Academy Director for two years.

Peter considers his greatest law enforcement accomplishment being a first responder on 9/11 at the World Trade Center in New York City. Peter is a Member of the Board for Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene, a longtime coach of boys’ and girls’ sports, and a devoted husband and father.


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