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Anaheim Family Justice Center Book Signing

Children's Authors Susan Finch and Michael Simonsen generously contributed to the AFJC Foundation Friday night on March 5.

Susan, Anaheim Police Chief John Welter and City Attorney Cristina Talley read to local children - many of whom are with Cops 4 Kids or whose parents are in our Survivors Academy.

Michael Simonsen, retired LAPD officer, brought Officer Byrd, a macaw parrot, who performed tricks for the children, but also taught them how to be safe and how to seek out help if they are caught in bad situations.

6 Aug 2012

License to Thrill

by Karen Lee Stevens
May 7, 2008

By Erin Murphy
Published: Thursday, March 8, 2007
Updated: Sunday, July 19, 2009 03:07


Rebekah Elliot
Mike Simonsen shows Officer Byrd their new book "The Adventures of Officer Byrd."

Officer Byrd was at the National Night Out kickoff event Saturday August 4th at 7:30pm at La Sierra University in Riverside, California.

5/17/2012 4:59:00 PM
Special to the Times
BLYTHE - Officer Byrd and his handler, retired Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Simonsen, were recently in Blythe to teach students at the local elementary schools about bike, skateboard, and skate safety and the importance of "stranger danger." Pictured kissing Appleby Principal Jeremy James, Officer Byrd is best known for his public service announcements in the '80s and '90s warning children about risks and dangers that current life situations present.

A child's drawing indicated to Simonsen that she had been abused.
Her grandmother contacted him for help. 
By RICH LINTON | Special to The Press-Enterprise
Published: 10 February 2011 09:50 PM
As a police officer in Los Angeles, Michael Simonsen spent 20 years as a street cop adhering to the department credo "to serve and protect." Today he continues to unselfishly serve the public in a different way with an amazing partner -- a blue-and-gold macaw.