Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy and Sefton's Police Chief joined Maghull High pupils to watch a ground-breaking play about the harsh reality of gun and gang crime.
Commissioner Kennedy and Sefton Area Police Commander Chief Superintendent Nikki Holland were among the hundreds of Maghull pupils who watched The Terriers at the school.
The play effectively shows the consequences of becoming involved with gun and gangs.
Its arrival in Maghull coincides with a spate of gun crime in the town.
Commissioner Kennedy said the play had already been seen by thousands of young people throughout Merseyside.
Commissioner Kennedy said: "The Terriers is a really terrific play. It has been written by Merseyside playwright Maurice Bessman and it is performed by young people from Merseyside. It is well performed and really speaks to the young people who get to see it.
"It gets the message across that if you decide to get involved in gangs and gun crime, there can be consequences. And very often those consequences can be fatal.
"At this moment in time, with the recent spate of gun crime in Maghull, that message is all the more relevant. Young people need to know the dangers. This brilliant play gets that message across."
Commissioner Kennedy said she wanted the community of Maghull and East Sefton to know that the police are doing all they can to deal with the recent incidents.
Commissioner Kennedy said: "Chief Superintendent Holland is keeping me fully updated on the police's progress in tackling the gun crime issues in Maghull.
"They have increased their presence in the area with both high-visibility and under-cover patrols. This community needs to be aware that everything is being done to bring these incidents to an end and get the people responsible off our streets.
"Part of that work includes educating our young people about the dangers of gun and gang crime, and that's why I was so pleased that we could bring The Terriers play to Maghull High.
"The young people who I spoke to told me they really enjoyed the play and it made them aware of how being involved in gangs can quickly lead to disaster.
"I'd like to thank everyone involved in The Terriers for the fantastic work they do and the teachers and pupils of Maghull High for letting us bring the play to the school."