The St James police have listed a former member of their ranks among the top five most wanted man in the parish.

The former member of the police force has seemingly become a major thorn in the side of authorities, with the aid of formal training in firearm use and an intimate knowledge of police operations.

This was revealed by the commanding officer for the division, Senior Superintendent Steve McGregor, on Thursday night at the launch of the police-supervised curfew initiative for the youth in the parish. The initiative is geared at ensuring that schoolchildren are not seen on the streets without proper supervision after 9:00 pm daily.

SSP McGregor named Ishwayne Sheriah as the former cop who has become a big headache for the parish’s police team. He said the former lawman has teamed up with another alleged felon, identified as Peter-Gaye Elliot, to engage in criminal activities across the western parishes of “Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny – all over Area One, (including) in St. James”.

So far the ex-cop is wanted for a number of crimes, including murder and robberies.

Indications are that Sheriah was on suspension on a criminal charge when the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) were merged in 2014, and absconded bail thereafter. He has allegedly made his way up the criminal ladder since then.

SSP McGregor listed the remaining top five wanted men in St James as Aswayne Jarrett, Cowayne Wellington and Orrette Morris.