Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has ruled out changing the law to force police out of their jobs, after his deputy flagged the possibility last week.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, who was acting premier last week, suggested laws could be changed if too few officers opted to leave under a restructure that will shed up to 110 commissioned officers and 212 staff.
Under current laws, police cannot be forced to accept redundancies.
Asked if the government would consider changing those laws, Mr Seeney said: "We will support the new commissioner wholeheartedly in whatever he requests in his efforts to ensure more of the police resources are allocated to providing frontline services," Mr Seeney said.
But he said no specific decision on a change had been made.
On his first day back from holidays, Mr Newman ruled that out.
"We will not be passing legislation to force people out the door in the QPS," he told reporters on Monday.
"There will be no forced redundancies."
"With this restructure, the commissioner will be able to find other ways to ensure that there is no forced redundancy," he told reporters.
"Those commissioned officers will be able to be either allocated or carried through the organisation whilst this reconstruction takes place."
Mr Newman said staff reductions in the Queensland Police Service would occur through attrition.
He said the commissioner could use the savings to boost frontline policing.
"He will ultimately get to his new structure and his new staffing levels and will do that without forced redundancies," he said.
The premier's position will be welcomed by the Queensland Police Commissioned Officers' Union of Employees.
Last week the union's president Superintendent John Pointing said there was a "palpable sense of betrayal" among officers who had banked on their steady jobs to support families and pay mortgages.
"The police union explained that this type of forced redundancy and dismissal power could be abused if granted to police commissioners," the union's assistant general secretary Denis Sycz said in a statement.
He welcomed the commitment to shed the officers' jobs only by natural attrition or voluntary redundancies.
The opposition's police spokesman Bill Byrne said the government had caved in to union pressure.
"... I understand that after threats from the Queensland Police Union today of an all out war if this measure was to proceed, the premier has back-flipped on last week's plan," Mr Byrne said.
He said the police service had effectively shown it lacked confidence in the commissioner, and the premier had been forced to run away from a bad idea.
"This is another example of the haphazard way in which this government ham-fists major announcements and then backtracks on them at a later date," he said.