New body armor arrived for Smith County Sheriff’s Deputies on Friday after months of collecting donations.

Former Texas District 1 Senator Kevin Eltife started collecting donations after the Dallas shooting that killed 5 police officers last July.

One of the donors, Cavender’s Boot City co-owner Clay Cavender, said that making a donation was a no-brainer.

“Their safety equipment is as important as our public safety,” Cavender said.

According to Deputy Justin Stockwell, the new high-velocity bullet proof vests are a definite upgrade.

“It’s great. We are fortunate to live in a pro-law enforcement community,” Stockwell said.