Openly gay cop Jonathan Bleiweiss was named Oakland Park Employee of the Year at a March 4 ceremony at City Hall, reports gay weekly South Florida Blade.

Bleiweiss, a deputy for the Broward County Sheriff's Office, is the first openly gay deputy from the county to receive the honor. Oakland Park is located in south Florida.

The capture of two robbers and a serial arsonist are just two of the over 100 arrests made by the twenty-eight-year-old in 2008.

The top cop said he enjoys tremendous support on the force and credits his success to the supportive environment of the department.

“I think it [the award] shows how far we've come in the world when a police worker, an openly gay officer, could achieve an award like this,” Bleiweiss told the paper. “I don't think that five or six years ago it would have necessarily been possible.”

His beat includes a large gay population, and Bleiweiss says some gay people continue to think of the department as discriminatory.

“Gay people actually say to me that I'm homophobic, and that I'm going to discriminate against them because they are gay,” he said. “They feel that they are being treated differently when actually they're being treated like everyone else.”