Queensland's police minister admits media reporting on a recent inquiry into sexism, racism and misogyny in the police force has set back recruitment efforts.
The Labor government promised at the last election to recruit an extra 1450 officers into the Queensland Police Service by 2025 but has hired about 400.
Police Minister Mark Ryan said this week's media coverage of the domestic violence policing inquiry and report calling for the force to be restructured had set back recruitment.
"Some of the commentary, publicly, as presented by the media has influenced people's interest in the Queensland Police Service," he told reporters on Thursday.
"It is important for people that have considered, you know, decisions around what career they want."
Former Judge Deborah Richards' report panned the culture of fear and silence in the QPS that allowed racist, sexist and misogynist bullying, harassment and abuse to go unchecked.
The minister said the QPS was committed to drawing up a road map for better service following the release of Monday's report and the service was still a great career.
"They are being very proactive around recruitment strategies," Mr Ryan said.
"There are some states - and I won't mention them because they're doing their best - who, quite frankly, have dropped the ball."
Opposition MP Jarrod Bleijie accused Mr Ryan of skating around the facts after the government's own data showed full-time equivalent roles within QPS dropped in the past two years.
"On the government's own budget papers and figures, police full-time equivalents have gone down by 12 in the last two years, so the Police Minister can spin this all he wants," he said on Thursday.
The government recently scrapped a $215 fee for the entry test and $20 fee for the physical fitness test for the police academy for six months to boost recruitment.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll insisted the QPS was trying to ensure quality wasn't being overlooked in the recruitment drive.
"There is definitely confidence there," Ms Carroll said.
"Whilst we have been challenged, I think recruits and the public can see that we're learning from this and that we need to learn from it and we need to move forward
Police recruitment is under more scrutiny after the DV policing report recommended the hiring of 300 DV case workers, 30 DV liaison officers, 30 cultural liaison officers and 10 special prosecutors.
The government said it would provide $100 million in funding for that.
Meanwhile, the police commissioner expects to issue the first show-cause notice to an officer asking them to explain why they shouldn't be sacked over a workplace misconduct case in the next 24 hours.
Ms Carroll said it will be a legal test case and there will be more as she reviews every case of bullying, harassment and abuse in the QPS.
"There will be one served, either today or tomorrow, and that suitability of being a police officer in the organisation ... I'm looking at a number of other matters as well," she said.