Captain Robert (Robby) Clarkson, a 25 year Law Enforcement veteran, began his career with the Panama City Beach Police Department in June of 1997 as a Patrol Officer in the Uniform Patrol Division. In October of 1997, he was transferred to the Criminal Investigative Division, assigned to the Special Investigative Unit, where his primary duties were narcotic and vice related investigations. During this time period he was appointed as a Task Force Officer with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Panama City Resident Office. While serving in the Criminal Investigative Division, Captain Clarkson worked his way through the ranks serving as a Corporal and in January of 2002, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In November of 2004, Captain Clarkson was reassigned as a felony investigator within the Criminal Investigative Division. In August of 2010, Captain Clarkson was assigned as the Criminal Investigative Division Assistant Division Commander and in October of 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. On May 3, 2012 he was promoted to the rank of Captain assigned as the Criminal Investigative Division Commander.
Captain Clarkson is experienced in many areas of law enforcement to include Computer Voice Stress Analysis, Hostage Negotiations, Special Weapons and Tactics and is a certified instructor in Flash Bangs, Chemical Agents, Chemical Munitions and Less than Lethal Munitions. Captain Clarkson has received specialized training in Child Fatality/Abuse/Exportation and Internet Crimes against children. Captain Clarkson attended the Drug Enforcement Administration Basic and Advanced Narcotics Investigations and Clandestine Laboratory Investigation/Safety Certification Program. He also attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Drug Task Force Supervisors Commander School.