Across the country thousands of people have joined the Local Security Force to help keep law and order.

For centuries in Ireland, the law has meant almost the same thing as injustice. However, the growth in the membership of the Local Security Force (LFS) has changed this as people find a new found trust and loyalty in the police and law of the land.

The growth in the number of members of the local security force is testament to a new found respect for citizenship in Ireland and a new love of law and order. Citizens are beginning to take responsibility for living with the law and enforcing the law. The Irish people, once suspicious of the law, are now embracing it as their own.

The Local Security Force was organised in groups around local Garda stations and generally had responsibility for assisting the police with traffic control, communications, transport and general civic order.

Membership of the Local Security Force has now passed 100,000 representing a new era in Irish history.

The Local Security Force is a semi-military body of civilians charged with the safety of their own district against possible invasion or attack.

A production of a new play by George Shiels 'The Rugged Path' packed out the Abbey Theatre for three months. The play dealt with the subject of citizenship and the need to help lawmakers to keep the peace in governing the country. Twenty years earlier, the subject matter would have been booed by the opening night audience followed by empty seats. There has been in a shift in people's attitudes to law makers and a growing understanding for their own responsibility in the management of their own country.

This new sense of Irish citizenship is demonstrated in the local response to the recruitment campaign for the Local Security Force.

Men of every class and of every age display with pride a small green enamel badge which is the sign of a service and they rise with enthusiasm at three and four in the morning to patrol their district til the dawn.

Such a willingness to volunteer has not been seen since the days of the country's struggle.

One result of this new respect for law and order is the decrease in crime throughout Ireland.

The pursuit of crime has become a very hazardous occupation indeed. The country has never been so well policed nor have the police ever received so much popular support.

This episode of 'Today in Ireland' was broadcast on 7 November 1940. The reporter is Donagh MacDonagh.

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