The Labour Party candidate bidding to become Cambridgeshire’s first Police and Crime Commissioner spent the weekend knocking on doors to promote his campaign.
Peterborough city councillor Ed Murphy was joined by seven other members of the party as he targeted houses in Reeves Way, Peterborough, on Saturday.
He also urged people to sign a petition he will present at the next full council meeting at Town Hall lobbying against proposed cuts to the police force.
Cllr Murphy said: “I don’t usually use petitions when I’m out canvassing, but I thought this was a good opportunity to get people’s voices heard.
“I was astonished, almost everyone signed. I would say we knocked on 500 doors and 95 per cent signed.
“We should not cut police funding by 20 per cent - that is too heavy. We are pushing for 11 per cent.
“There are efficiencies by the amalgamation of forces.”
Cllr Murphy, who has also urged Cambridgeshire police not to go ahead with a potential outsourcing of civilian staff in nine departments to G4S, will be knocking on doors in Wisbech on Wednesday and Huntingdon on Friday.
Also campaigning for the role are John Pye, on behalf of the Conservative Party, and Ansar Ali, who is standing as an independent candidate.
More nominations can still be received before the vote, which will be on November 15.