Lt. John Weinstein of the NOVA Police department received two writing awards from the Public Safety Writers Association. He won first and third places in the nonfiction creative technical, published category. Weinstein has been writing for more than 35 years, but this was the first writing competition he entered.
First place was awarded to “How-To Improve Situational Awareness on Campus,” while “Dealing With Difficult People: 10 Tips for Diffusing Toxic Situations” garnered third place. Both articles were originally published in Campus Safety Magazine. Weinstein writes regularly for the magazine.
Weinstein was glad he won, but found the results surprising. “I thought that the article that came in third place would have won first place,” said Weinstein, who holds a doctoral degree in international politics from the University of Florida. Before entering law enforcement, he worked in academia teaching at several institutions including Texas Tech University, Indiana University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.
He also worked for the federal government, where he evaluated the safety, security and control of nuclear weapons and authored an annual report for the president on the status of these weapons.
As Public Safety District 3 commander, Weinstein oversees police operations at the Alexandria and Loudoun Campuses. He is the police department’s lead firearms instructor and a certified active shooter response trainer. He also directs the police department’s community outreach activities and programs.
Before arriving at NOVA in 2011, Weinstein was the chief of police for the Town of Quantico.