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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Attend to and handle crime 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
11982  Attend to and handle crime 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Registered" 
2002-10-09  2005-10-09  SAQA 0144/02 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2006-10-09   2009-10-09  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard is replaced by: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
120483  Conduct preliminary investigations  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for persons working in the safety and society environment by attending to and handling crime.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Attend to a crime scene
  • Do a initial investigation of crime scene
  • Interview a suspect or witness
  • Make a lawful arrest
  • Take down and register a complaint
  • Handle emotional clients and provide victim support

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of any learner within the safety in society environment and more specifically within the policing discipline by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and upliftment within the safety in society environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    The following knowledge, skills attitude and/or equivalent:
  • Functional mathematical, numerical and communication skills
  • Read, interpret and use of relevant forms 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard applies to persons who attend to and handle crime with a level of authority that allows them to take independent decisions. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Attend to a crime scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Complaints received over the radio are noted in the pocketbook according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Quickest and safest route is taken to complaint without losing valuable time. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The seriousness of the crime is assessed and noted according to the organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Safety measurements are taken to ensure own safety according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Complaints and or suspects are handled according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Resources and relevant role-players are commissioned to assist in the investigation according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. The crime scene is handed over and the necessary entries are made in pocket book according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Do an initial investigation of crime scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The crime scene is controlled by made certain of one own safety and that of others according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Evidence and exhibits are secured to ensure their integrity and contiguity according to organizational procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Steps are taken to avoid cross-contamination according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Exhibits are submitted which require specialist examination in a suitable manner with the correct documents according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Oral accounts are obtained of the incident from potential witness and offenders in accordance with the code of practice. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Suspects are identified and arrested according to organizational procedures and Criminal procedure Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Reasons are explained by why evidence needs to be preserved or retained according to the criminal justice procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    8. Potential witness and evidence in the surrounding areas is identified according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Interview a suspect or witness. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. A place for interviewing the suspect or witness is identified according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Suspect or witness is interviewed according to the Criminal Procedure Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Suspect or witness is put at ease and relevant questions are put to them according to interviewing techniques. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. An interpreter is obtained if necessary according to the criminal justice procedures and the Bill of Rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Remarks of witness or suspect are put down in writing according to the law of evidence (Confessions and Admissions). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Suspect or witness is handed over to the appropriate people according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Make lawful arrest. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The police person is identified and introduced to the suspect according to the Criminal Procedure Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The suspect is informed of the Criminal Procedure Act. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The rights of the suspect are read to them in the language that they understand according to the Bill of Rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The necessary documentation is completed according to the organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The suspect is searched according to the Criminal Procedure Act and Bill of Rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The suspect is taken into lawful custody according to the Criminal Procedure Act. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Take down and register a complaint. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Necessary statements are taken down according the prescribed format. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. All related documents are completed according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Complaints is informed about further procedures according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Case number is provided to complaint according to the organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The case docket content is completed according to organizational orders. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Complaint is given to Community Policing Centre to be registered according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Pocket book is completed on the reference number according to organizational procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Handle emotional clients and provide victim support. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Complainant privacy is ensured according to the constitution of South African - Bill of Rights. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Understanding and empathy is demonstrated according to the organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Professional help is obtained if required according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Victim is assured of support according to organizational procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Facilities are made available to the victim according to organizational procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    1. Candidates are assessed against these assessment criteria. An assessor observes currently employed candidates carrying out their normal work duties. They may also be asked to carry out simulated tasks and to answer written and/or oral questions. Candidates studying towards a Unit Standard, and who are not currently employed, will also be assessed using variety of assessment tools.
    2. Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
    3. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
    4. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The standard describes competent performance in doing physical techniques that will enhance their job performance, and lay down the criteria by which competence should be judged, as well as the range of circumstances in which competence should be demonstrated.

    Integrated assessment methods and tools will allow the candidate to demonstrate that she/he has acquired knowledge of and can safely and effectively apply competence identified in this unit standard.

    These tools include the following:
  • In-site (on-the-job) observations
  • Role-play simulations
  • Structured group discussions
  • Written reports (e.g. tests, exams, case studies, projects, registers, logbooks, workbooks)
  • Verbal report backs (presentations)
  • Portfolios of evidence
  • Projects (physical visits to Government Departments)
  • Experiential learning
  • Working in teams
  • Scenario sketching

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (for example, the written method of assessing knowledge or on-job demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • A comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation, and procedures and practices.
  • A broad understanding of the legislation regarding attending to and handling of crime
  • A comprehensive understanding of the need for the attending and handling of complaints
  • A basic understanding of the ways and methods used to attend and handle of complaints. 


  • Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in a critical and creative way in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding the attending and handling of complaints, under controlled circumstances, making a sound judgement of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding attending and handling of complaints, under controlled circumstances, making a sound judgement of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organize and manage oneself and one`s personal activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information relevant in applying the provisions set out in organizational orders regarding attending and handling of complaints, making a sound judgement of any given situation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Understand and apply a range of office management-related techniques, procedures and experimental approaches required in the different specific programmes leading up to this qualification. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard has been replaced by unit standard 120483, which is "Conduct preliminary investigations ", Level 5, 6 credits.

    Requirements of a portfolio

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience, which serves to supplement the assessment of, applied competence.

    The portfolio may include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
  • Relevant certificates or awards
  • Previous assessment records
  • Journals/logbook

    Level
    A learning programme leading to the award of this unit standard should develop learners who demonstrate:
    (1) A foundational knowledge base as indicated in the embedded knowledge component
    (2) An understanding of the discipline/field`s fundamental terms, rules, concepts and principles
    (3) Familiarity with some of the essential procedures, operations and techniques of this field
    (4) An ability to use a range of procedures to solve routine problems
    (5) Basic information gathering, analysis and presentation skills
    (6) An ability to communicate and present information clearly and reliability following prescribed formats and conventions


    Supplementary Information:

    Specified Requirements
    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:
    Criminal Procedure Act
    Constitution Act
    South African Police Service Act

    A glossary of terms about the terminology of
    CONTEXT SPECIFIC
    Specifications, agreements and policies and procedures 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  20496   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2006-02-09  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Core  49118   National Certificate: Resolving of Crime  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2007-12-02  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  48921   Further Education and Training Certificate: Road Traffic Management  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Registered" 
    2008-04-13  Was SAS SETA until Last Date for Achievement 
    Elective  22491   Further Education and Training Certificate: Specialist Security Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2006-11-16  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. EKHURHULENI SHOOTING AND TRAINING ACADEMY 
    2. ITO FOCUS PHOLE 
    3. SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE BASIC TRAINING PROVISION 
    4. South African Reserve Bank 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.