Three veteran LAPD officers have been identified as the finalists to become the department's next chief.

For Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is considering a run for president, each of the veteran officers brings political benefits, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Robert Arcos would be the first Latino police chief of a city that is nearly 50% Latino. Bill Scott, who left the LAPD to lead the troubled San Francisco Police Department, is African American and a familiar face in South Los Angeles.

Michel Moore, whose father was a Basque immigrant, was already in the top echelons of the LAPD when the other two candidates were appointed to their first station commands. LAPD insiders say his breadth of experience and mastery of subjects from crime statistics to budgets are second to none.

Chief Charlie Beck is retiring and leaves office next month.

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