Peace, quiet and solitude.
That’s what Officer Steven McIntosh and his wife and two children experienced whenever they would vacation in Oregon during his 18 years with the Anaheim PD. They would tell themselves, “Let’s retire here.”
Well, now they are in Oregon, enjoying a little slice of heaven in Springfield, outside of Eugene, following McIntosh’s retirement from the Anaheim PD on Dec. 23, 2009.
McIntosh, however, is anything but retired.
At the relatively young age of 51, the Long Beach native is working for the Oregon Department of Justice as a special agent in criminal investigations.
The pace of work is slower than when he was a cop in Anaheim, with McIntosh tackling such crimes as political corruption and election law violations.
That’s fine with him.
“There’s still crime up here,” he says.
McIntosh, a graduate of Lakewood Senior High School, was a police officer for the San Diego PD and Covina PD before he joined the Anaheim PD in 1992.
He worked a variety of details in Anaheim, including patrol, field training officer, accident investigator in the Traffic Bureau, primary response officer, criminal intelligence, and a member of the Tactical Negotiations Unit.
Patrol was his favorite. He spent half of his 18-year career in Anaheim doing it.
“I enjoyed the variety of calls we’d get,” McIntosh says. “I enjoyed the camaraderie of the people I worked with.”
Now, he’s enjoying life in the slower lane.
McIntosh’s son, Brett, 23, is working on a master’s degree at California Baptist University in Riverside. His daughter, Courtney, 21, is a senior at the University of Oregon. His wife, Cathy, works as a secretary in a school district office.
McIntosh and his wife both have relatives in Oregon, where the lakes and rivers flow and the fishing is fine.
There’s another thing that makes Springfield a little bit different than Orange County.
“The traffic’s not as bad,” McIntosh says.