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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Move tactically with a horse in law enforcement 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335756  Move tactically with a horse in law enforcement 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Equine Management and Equestrian Instruction 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 02 - Culture and Arts Sport 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
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 horse handlers in the field of law enforcement especially in a policing environment who need to execute policing functions and tasks with horses in dangerous situations. The learners will also be able to assess the situation in a controlled scenario, move tactically in an urban environment and overcome obstacles in an urban environment with climbing techniques. They will also be able to use a horse by employing tactical techniques in a controlled scenario and handle incidents related to a horse.

The qualifying learner will be capable of:
  • Assessing the situation.
  • Moving and crossing tactically in an urban environment.
  • Handling incidents related to the tactical use of a horse. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication skills at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Assess safety and the situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The threat is evaluated in relation to safety of self, others and the horse. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Threats include, but are not limited to:
  • Crime that was committed, the presence of the suspect, bystanders, and infrastructure of buildings.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The most appropriate movement option is selected from a range of movement options for a given situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Options include, but are not limited to:
  • Back up, immediate actions, tactics and safety factors.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legal considerations are evaluated in terms of their application in a given context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Legal aspects includes, but is not limited to:
  • Bill of Human Rights, Criminal Procedure Act and South African Constitution.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    An action plan is determined that is applicable to a given scenario and is likely to lead to required results. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Action plan considerations include, but is not limited to:
  • Special consideration for safety, use of cover, concealment, time and danger zones.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Move and cross tactically in an urban environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Equipment suitable for a given situation is selected according to its uses and protection. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Equipment includes, but is not limited to:
  • Firearms, body armor and horse baton.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Verbal encouragement techniques are used to prepare the horse for tactical movements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Tactical movement techniques are demonstrated in accordance with relevant safety for oneself, others and the horse. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tactical considerations include, but is not limited to:
  • Firearm is held in tactical position optimal use of cover, optimal use of shadows, danger zones and situations, silhouette forming is prevented, peeping around objects is practiced before moving into new area, external noise is utilized to compliment movement, personal equipment is secured to prevent noise and element of surprise.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Natural and artificial aids are used to demonstrate appropriate tactical crossing and encouraging techniques for a given situation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tactical crossing techniques includes, but is not limited to:
  • Jumping over with a horse, leading and riding over, under and through obstacles.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Control over an equine is demonstrated through the use of relevant equipment and communication techniques. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Handle incidents related to the tactical use of a horse. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Incidents includes, but is not limited to:
  • Tactical related incidents, injuries to persons or horses and damage to private and public property. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The nature of the incident is evaluated and actions recommended are appropriate to resolve the situation in the most amicable manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Role-players needed for assistance are identified according to the severity of the incident. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Role-players include, but are not limited to:
  • Senior officials attending incident reports.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    First aid is provided as necessary in accordance with to the severity of the injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Report and referrals pertaining to the incident are completed according to organizational procedures and have sufficient detail to facilitate further investigation into the incident and or accident. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    A horse related incident is managed within a controlled law enforcement environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Methods of handling injuries caused by or sustained by the horse are employed that provide maximum protection to the injured party. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • External Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • The accredited Training Provider will oversee internal moderation of assessment.
  • Internal and external moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in the specific outcomes of the Unit Standard as well as the integrated competence described in the purpose of the Unit Standard. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner will be able to understand and explain relevant extracts of the following:
  • Relevant legislation.
  • Organisational procedures and practices.
  • Principles of tracking and supportive tracking formations.
  • Tactical formations and movement.
  • Cover and danger zones.
  • Concealment and camouflage.
  • Tactical hand signs.
  • Force and safety principles applicable to tactical movement.
  • First aid.
  • Medical and legal referrals. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems related to the dealing with a law enforcement incident in which responses display that critical thinking is used for responsible decision making. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organization or community in discharging one's duties in the mounted services of a law enforcement agency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively in discharging one's duties in the mounted services of a law enforcement agency. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information about the situation of threat in order to apply suitable tactical movement and communication techniques. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using appropriate modes of oral and/or written persuasion in dealing with all internal and external role-players when attending a law enforcement incident. 

    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  71469   Further Education and Training Certificate: Equine Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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