Boris Johnson has promised to swiftly answer calls from Gazette readers to get more bobbies out on the beat in Ealing.
Council leader Jason Stacey is expecting a formal response within weeks after challenging the London Mayor with a postbag full of thousands of names pledging support for our campaign.
Mr Stacey delivered the postcards to Mr Johnson at City Hall on Thursday last week as the two leaders met to discuss inadequate police numbers.
Despite being one of the largest boroughs, Ealing is lagging behind the London average.
And the true extent of Ealing's deficit may be greater than initially thought, Mr Stacey said this week.
His sums show that 49 crimes are committed for every officer in Ealing, compared with 44 crimes on average across London - meaning another 77 officers would be require to bring the borough up to scratch.
Now he is asking Mr Johnson to pledge more PCs to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour on our streets.
"He was quite surprised," said Mr Stacey, who laid out almost 4,000 postcards on a table at City Hall before the Mayor's arrival.
"I made a kind of pitch to him and went through the figures, and he took down copious amounts of notes. It seemed to go quite well.
"The Mayor certainly seemed impressed by the sheer number of petition forms I presented to him and he has undertaken to formally respond to me in the near future.
"I would certainly hope to have a more formal response before the budget is set for the 2009/10 financial
Police numbers are currently set through an elaborate 'resource allocation formula' which takes demographics, crime rates and other factors into account, but does not include the size of the borough. Since Ealing is one of the largest, police resources have to be spread more widely.
"As far as the local police are concerned I'm sure they'd appreciate any additional resource they can get," said Mr Stacey.
And he added: "Can I thank all those residents who have signed the petition and the Gazette for all their assistance in supporting and promoting this campaign."