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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle a patrol dog to assist in searching for and the apprehension of a suspect 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120463  Handle a patrol dog to assist in searching for and the apprehension of a suspect 
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 4  NQF Level 04  15 
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 does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for individuals in the field of safety in society who utilize a patrol dog to assist in searching for and the apprehension of a suspect. This unit standard will contribute towards compliance with tactical-, legal-, and organizational requirements related to patrol dog handling.

Person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Determine the need to utilize a patrol dog.
  • Utilize the patrol dog to apprehend the suspect.
  • Arrest the suspect with the aid of a patrol dog. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy NQF 3.
  • Caring for the welfare of a service dog NQF Level 3.
  • Supervision of service dogs in a kennel environment NQF Level 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Patrol dog may refer to a dog that has been trained to exhibit the required conditioned behaviour. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Determine the need to utilize a patrol dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature of the incident is determined according to information received. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information is gathered at the scene to inform decision-making. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The scene may include but is not limited to any scene where a patrol dog can be utilized as an aid to search for and apprehend suspects.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Information gathered is analyzed in order to inform the actions to be taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The utilization of the patrol dog is considered with regards to the capabilities of the dog and safety aspects. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Decision must be made considering all factors that may influence the performance of the dog. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety aspects may include but is not limited to safety of innocent persons, the dog handler and the dog or any other obstacles that may influence the performance of the dog.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The dog is prepared for the tasks to be executed. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation may include but is not limited to using the equipment needed to execute the task and focusing the dog.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Utilize the patrol dog to apprehend the suspect. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The application of legal requirements regarding and the use of force is demonstrated in a structured scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Warning is issued. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal requirements may include but is not limited to the Constitution of South Africa (Sections 10,12,14,21,25,33,36 and 205(3)), CPA (Sections 20-23, 25-28, 30, 39-40, 43, 48-50).
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dog-handling skills are demonstrated while the dog is executing the required task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Dog-handling skills may include but is not limited to exercise control over the dog and giving of command.
  • Required tasks may include but are not limited to searching for, hidden suspect in a building, open or densely vegetated area in any weather or light conditions.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Safety precautions are applied while the dog is executing the required task. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Safety of the innocent people, dog and handler. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Arrest the suspect with the aid of a patrol dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Safety measures are applied after apprehension of the suspect. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Safety measures may include but not limited to the approach to the suspect by handler considering personal safety and the safety of the dog and suspect.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Dog-handling skills are applied when withdrawing the dog to minimize injuries. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Withdrawing may refer to the dog reacting upon the command to release.
  • Dog-handling skills may include but is not limited to control is exercised over the dog.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Arresting techniques are demonstrated when arresting the suspect. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Arresting techniques may include but is not limited to handcuffing and restraining the suspect.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The legal requirements concerning arrest with a dog are demonstrated within a controlled scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal Requirements may refer to but is not limited to:
  • Sections 39 and 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977.
  • Section 33 of the Constitution of South Africa Chapter two Bill of Rights.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Legal requirements after arresting a person are explained in a controlled scenario. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal requirements may include but is not limited to Section 50 of the CPA as well as the Second Amendment Act 85 of 1977.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The need for veterinary and or medical treatment is identified in order to cater for the well-being of the dog, handler and the suspect. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Veterinary treatment may refer to the referral to a veterinarian. Medical treatment may refer to the medical treatment of persons. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or 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.
  • 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 at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Incident handling.
  • Methods of gathering of information.
  • Safety aspects.
  • Preparation of dogs.
  • Uses of dog handling equipment.
  • Application of legal requirements regarding and the use of force.
  • Issuing of warnings.
  • Dog-handling skills.
  • Withdrawing methods.
  • Arresting techniques.
  • Legal requirements concerning arrest with a dog.
  • Legal requirements after arresting a person.
  • Identification of the need for veterinary and or medical treatment.
  • Animal Protection Act No 71 of 1962 section 2.1(a), (c), (d), (f), (i), (m), (n), (q) and (r). 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

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

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

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

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

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

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57938   Further Education and Training Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  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.
     
    1. BRAVEHEART BIO DOG ACADEMY 
    2. DOGS AND ALL 
    3. IMVULA SKILLS DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY 
    4. MECHEM (PTY) LTD 
    5. NU LAW FIREARMS COMPLIANCE 
    6. SILVER SOLUTIONS SECURITY 1713 CC 



    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.