The Essay Portion of the Test

Did you read the three police chief candidates finalists’ essays on racial profiling, budgeting, and collective bargaining?

Me neither.

Fortunately, the Seattle Times did it for us.

The finalists for Seattle police chief share many common traits and priorities, according to essays they submitted to the city in the lead-up to Tuesday’s narrowing of the field to three candidates.

Their answers to three questions from the city — dealing with racial profiling, maintaining a budget without compromising public safety and implementing staff changes while adhering to collective-bargaining requirements — offer a glimpse at how each would take on the job.