National Security Minister Stuart Young says Government plans to set up an army base in Moruga, as intelligence-driven operations show the area is prone to human trafficking, smuggling, drug trafficking and gun running.
The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association (DOMA) says it is time to take back the country and the business group believes the use of the Defence Force can help.
DOMA believes the presence of members of the Defence Force still commands public respect and there is a desperate need for their visibility.
The business group says it is fed up of the rhetoric associated with crime fighting.
It says citizens want results, not the usual blame game and distraction.
DOMA says right now it seems as if criminals have taken over.
The military is denying claims that the soldier who died from a gunshot wound at Camp Cumuto, was involved in an investigation into photos that were made public last year, of the Attorney General's children holding weapons at an army base.
In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, the Regiment’s Public Affairs Unit said it was greatly concerned by inaccuracies over a link to the high-profile investigation and Samaroo’s death on Thursday being circulated on social media web sites.
The Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force has issued a statement strongly condemning what it calls "the brazen and unwarranted attack and wounding of Lance Corporal (LCpl) Ian Carter and an unidentified civilian".
In an immediate response to this shooting, Acting Commanding Officer of the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment (TTR) Colonel Dexter Francis said he would commit “the necessary resources in support of the TTPS to bring the perpetrators of this heinous act to justice”.