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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle suspects in the investigation of an alleged crime 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
253990  Handle suspects in the investigation of an alleged crime 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Resolving of Crime 
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
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

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 replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
11992  Deal with suspects in the investigation of an alleged crime  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners who manage, deal and handle suspects in the investigation of an alleged crime or incident. This unit standard will enable learners to locate suspects and conduct identification parades to link suspects to the incident or crime. They will be able to conduct interviews and charge or release suspects.

Learners credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Trace suspects.
  • Conduct an identification parade.
  • Apply interviewing skills.
  • Apply the process of charging or releasing a suspect. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 4.
  • Communication at NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Trace suspects. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Tracing techniques are described in order to make an informed decision on which tracing techniques should be used in specific cases. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for gathering details of suspects are explained in order to individualize the suspect to the incident or crime. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Individualization refers to but is not limited to the use of fingerprints, witness statements, profiles of suspects, DNA, use of informers and victims descriptions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A suspect is located by applying tracing techniques within a structured scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Conduct an identification parade. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The term "identification parade" is explained in terms of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act. Types of identification parades are described in terms of their purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legal prescripts regarding identification parades are evaluated in terms of their possible evidential value. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resources and aids needed in an identification parade are explained in terms of their purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Role-players in relation to an identification parade is described in terms of their functions and purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The order of processes to be followed in an identification parade is listed in line with organizational prescripts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of recording the identification parade is evaluated in terms of its possible evidential value. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Recording refers to the taking of notes, video recordings, completion of prescribed documentation and the value of record keeping in ensuring the admissibility thereof. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    An identification parade is performed within a given case scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply interviewing skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rights of suspects are described in terms of the Constitution of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Questions are assessed to determine their relevance and appropriateness in relation to the alleged crime committed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Relevant and appropriate questions refer to open and closed questions.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of statements during the interview is assessed in terms of its evidential value. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Confessions are distinguished from admissions in line with their intended purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The role of the suspect's versions and alibi's are independently verified in line with gathered information. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Questioning and interviewing are distinguished in line with their intended purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    A suspect is interviewed within a structured scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    It is important for obtaining this unit standard that a structured scenario must be given to the learner regarding questioning and interviewing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Apply the process of charging or releasing a suspect. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The role of the investigating officer is assessed in relation to charging and releasing process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The rights of a suspect are evaluated in terms of the Constitution of South Africa. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role and function of record keeping is described in line with charging and releasing processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The process in charging and releasing a suspect is evaluated in terms of the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Act. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any individual who wishes to be assessed against this unit standard (including assessment of RPL) may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA. Assessors must be competent in the outcome of the Unit Standard.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the relevant ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Crime Scene Management.
  • Suspect handling.
  • Evidence handling.
  • Steps in conducting an identification parade.
  • The process in charging and releasing a suspect.
  • Locate possible suspects.
  • Basic tracing techniques.
  • Reasons for gathering details.
  • Alleged crime.
  • Witness statements.
  • Profiles of suspects.
  • Victims descriptions.
  • Ways of linking possible suspects.
  • Purpose of informers.
  • Warrant of arrest.
  • Visiting procedures.
  • Arresting procedures.
  • Identification parade.
  • Resources.
  • Role-players.
  • Importance of documentation.
  • Interview a suspect.
  • Types of questions.
  • Differences between confessions and admissions.
  • Suspect's versions and alibi's Difference between interrogations.
  • Charge or release a suspect.
  • The role of the investigating officer.
  • Statements.
  • Warning statements.
  • Case docket.
  • Subpoena.
  • Summon.
  • Identification statements.
  • Searching.
  • Arresting.
  • Taking fingerprints.
  • Detaining.
  • Releasing.
  • Criminal Procedure Act, Act 51 of 1977.
  • Constitution of South Africa, Chapter 2, Bill of Rights.
  • Law of evidence.
  • Common Law.
  • Statutory Offences.
  • Chain of evidence.
  • Rights of suspects. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical thinking, have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical, and/or language skills in the modes of written and/or oral presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
  • Must be competent in the outcomes of this unit standard.
  • Must have well-developed subject matter expertise.
  • At least 5 years practical experience.
  • Must be a registered assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11992, "Deal with suspects in the investigation of an alleged crime", Level 5, 8 credits. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  59989   National Certificate: Resolving of Crime  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  61729   National Diploma: Policing  Level 6  NQF Level 06  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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.
     
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