Michael Simonsen is a former
police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. In 1977, as a means to teach children safety Michael Simonsen, developed
an entertaining visual presentation through the use of a Macaw. The bird, known as Officer Byrd, No. 007,
was the genesis of the book The Adventures of Officer Byrd – Get Help!
According to the book description
of The Adventures of Officer Byrd – Get Help!, it “is based on a true-story. It's
about a real police bird who helps children and adults. The story is about Officer Byrd helping young people not to keep bad
secrets and to get help. The children's book is for ages five to 12 plus. Your contribution to buy this book goes to help
abused children. We are a nonprofit organization trying to help children all over the world.”
One reader of The Adventures of Officer Byrd – Get Help! said,
“How can a macaw (parrot) from the rainforest of South America become a police officer in Los Angeles?
You'll enjoy reading this exciting, helpful book about Officer Byrd to discover how and why. Office Byrd's mission
and passion is to help kids. Oh, yes, he also has super powers! Like a true super hero, he uses his powers for good to catch
the bad guys, especially those who harm children.
Author Mike Simonsen,
Officer Mike in the book, has the same passion as his pet macaw. His goal is to stop abusers of children. As a result, he
has written this first in a planned series of books about Officer Mike and Officer Byrd in the L.A.P.D. In real life, they
present programs to schoolchildren through their Officer Byrd Non-profit organization.