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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct preliminary investigations 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120483  Conduct preliminary investigations 
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
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
11982  Attend to and handle crime  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5   

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit is for learners in the field of policing who conduct preliminary investigation at a scene.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Secure and control a scene in relation with the nature of the scene.
  • Identify the nature of the scene in relation to the crime committed.
  • Record information in a given case study.
  • Deal with persons at the scene in a given scenario.
  • Identify search methods in relation to the type of crime committed. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF 4 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Scene refers to but not limited to:
  • Scene of crime, scene of accident, scene of crime related incidents

    Preliminary investigation refers to but not limited to:
  • The initial investigation of the scene 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Secure and control a scene in relation with the nature of the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Methods to secure and protect the scene are identified in order to protect evidence. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Methods to secure and protect evidence at the scene are explained while taking into account the nature of the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The methods to secure and protect a scene are applied in a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify the nature of the scene in relation to the crime committed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The type of crime committed is identified at the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The role and function of experts attending to the scene are described in terms of their access to the scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The nature of the crime scene is explained in relation to the suspected crime committed. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Record information in a given case study. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Ways in recording information is explained within a policing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Information needed for record purposes are described in terms of their various uses in a court of law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Details of persons at the scene are recorded for future investigation purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Persons refers to but not limited to:
  • Experts
  • Accuseds
  • Witnesses
  • Suspects
  • Complainants
  • Informants
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The recording of information at a scene is applied in a given scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The type of crime, nature of scene and action taken is recorded according to laid down procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Deal with persons at the scene in a given scenario. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Persons refers to but not limited to:
  • Victims
  • Witnesses
  • Suspect
  • Complainant 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Statements are obtained from persons involved in the incident while making use of interviewing skills. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre-cautionary steps are taken pertaining to the handling of bodies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The roles and functions of informers are evaluated in terms of their importance at a scene. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role of victim support and or empowerment is described in terms of its applicability to victims at a scene of crime. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The handling of persons at the scene is applied in a given scenario. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Identify search methods in relation to the type of crime committed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The types of searching methods are identified in order to determine which will be used to establish the nature of the crime. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of searching methods are described in terms of their advantages and disadvantages. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The types of searching methods are applied in a given scenario. 


    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 
  • Methods to secure and protect the scene
  • Methods to secure and protect evidence at the scene
  • The role and function of experts
  • The type of crime
  • Nature of the crime scene
  • Ways in recording information
  • Statement taking
  • Roles and functions of informers
  • Role of victim support and victim empowerment
  • Types of searching methods 

  • 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 and creative thinking have been made. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others. 

    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 
    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 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 11982, "Attend to and handle crime", Level 5, 6 credits.

    Specified requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and legislative specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • The constitution of south africa - chapter 2 bill of rights
  • The criminal procedure act
  • The south african police service act
  • Law of evidence

    Specifications, agreements and policies and procedures:
  • Organizational standing operational procedures 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Core  50122   National Certificate: Policing  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2021-12-31  SAS SETA 
    Elective  57713   Further Education and Training Certificate: Specialist Security Practices  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  57651   National Certificate: Forensic Science  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 
    Elective  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  63229   National Diploma: Bomb Disposal  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  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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