§20-7-1c. Natural resources police officer, ranks, salary schedule, base pay, exceptions.
(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, the ranks within the law-enforcement section of the Division of Natural Resources are colonel, lieutenant colonel, major, captain, lieutenant, sergeant, corporal, natural resources police officer first class, senior natural resources police officer, natural resources police officer and natural resources police officer-in-training. Each officer while in uniform shall wear the insignia of rank as provided by the chief natural resources police officer.

(b) Beginning on July 1, 2002, and continuing thereafter, natural resources police officers shall be paid the minimum annual salaries based on the following schedule:

ANNUAL SALARY SCHEDULE (BASE PAY)

SUPERVISORY AND NONSUPERVISORY RANKS

Natural Resources

Police Officer In Training

(first year until end

of probation)$26,337

Natural Resources Police Officer

(second year)$29,768

Natural Resources Police

Officer (third year)$30,140

Senior Natural Resources

Police Officer (fourth and fifth year)$30,440

Senior Natural Resources

Police Officer First Class (after fifth year)$32,528

Senior Natural Resources

Police Officer (after tenth year)$33,104

Senior Natural Resources

Police Officer (after fifteenth year)$33,528

Corporal (after sixteenth year)$36,704

Sergeant$40,880

First Sergeant$42,968

Lieutenant$47,144

Captain$49,232

Major$51,320

Lieutenant Colonel$53,408

Colonel

Natural resources police officers in service at the time the amendment to this section becomes effective shall be given credit for prior service and shall be paid salaries as the same length of service will entitle them to receive under the provisions of this section.

(c) This section does not apply to special or emergency natural resources police officers appointed under the authority of section one of this article.

(d) Nothing in this section prohibits other pay increases as provided under section two, article five, chapter five of this code: Provided, That any across-the-board pay increase granted by the Legislature or the Governor will be added to, and reflected in, the minimum salaries set forth in this section; and that any merit increases granted to an officer over and above the annual salary schedule listed in subsection (b) of this section are retained by an officer when he or she advances from one rank to another.