Gerard Allard, who entered politics as a Manitoba Liberal candidate for St. James, is a City of Winnipeg police officer with 24 years of service. Much of his career has been spent in the North End and Inner City. He has a keen interest in the prevention of FASD and developed a passion for social issues during his 11 years within the Community Support Unit. He developed and implemented Project Breakaway, which allows police to coordinate intervention with health care providers and social agencies when working with primarily homeless individuals. He also developed a community-based youth initiative called the North End Hockey Program in co-operation with a local Aboriginal agency. He believes in looking for the true cause of a problem and then providing fiscally responsible solutions by using current resources.