What two things could an officers court appearance do to the department's reputation?
Build credibility with citizens, victims, and witnesses when they are professional and tell the truth!Caught lying and get lumped into the every cop is a bad cop category. Hurts the departments reputation and that line of work, and the honest cops who believe in the job
If the officer doesn't show up it's frowned upon, but it wont ruin the departments reputation. Most departments require their officers to show up though.